Friday, December 17, 2010

Too good not to share: Ronnie's top list of 'bullshit bingo' words and phrases

I hope Ronnie Johnston doesn't mind, but this came in to the show this afternoon. Fantastic!

Hi Tom,

This is one of my pet hates.

I have already a list of words that are overused in the media and have copied them below.

I am sure there are many more.

Perhaps the worst however is the use of the word “literally” when it is clear that it would be impossible.

“ When my dad found out he literally exploded.”

I am sure you are already aware of the “Bullshit Bingo” game where persons attending a meeting are given a list of buzzwords and have to cross out each as it is used.

The winner should then exclaim “Bullshit” when all have been used.

Ronnie Johnston

icon, iconic

shock, in shock, shocked

miracle, miraculous


under the microscope


going forward

long fight with cancer

slam, slammed


don’t get me wrong

to be honest


at the end of the day

it’s a nonsense [it's nonsense]

shell shocked [shocked]

found battered to death in her own home [her home]

anything with the suffix ‘gate’

devout Catholic [not totally lapsed]

devastated [upset]


residents woke to discover

surreal [incredible]

absolutely essential [essential]

incredulous & credulous [often confused]

credulous [credible], incredulous [incredible]

kick-start [start]

riddled with cancer

almost palpable

binge drinking culture


Bill said...


this season's must-have
battle with cancer
gold-plated public sector pensions
health & safety gone mad
celebrity chef
celebrity bloody anything

Graeme said...

Could I add

"Giving it 110% effort"

always a pet hate.