Posted on Oct 3, 2014
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They're impossible to escape: those words or sayings that you would never hear outside of the military, were once cool or at least tolerable, but now you just can't stand them. Whether it be slang, a saying, an insult, or a cadence, most everyone has one that just makes them cringe. What are yours??? Also, if you know the origins of others' annoying words or phrases, please reply to their comments!

I have three in particular:

1) 100-Mile-an-Hour Tape (You mean duct tape?...)

2) Hardball Road (I don't know if you're referring to that paved road over there or just a confrontational course of action)

3) "More messed up than a soup sandwich" (It was funny the first time I heard it, novel the second time, and annoying every time after)
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1SG Steven Stankovich
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The saying that I probably hate the most is "because we've always done it that way."
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SP5 Charles McCoy Hassell
SP5 Charles McCoy Hassell
4 mo
1SG Steven Stankovich - I don't have a nail gun, but thanks for the information. By the way, how many different way can you fold a pair of socks in the Army? Just asking to see if it has changed. I also know that it had nothing to do with folding socks, but it had to do with when you are told to do something, we don't have time for questions just do it. I also know that many things have changed.
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1SG Steven Stankovich
1SG Steven Stankovich
4 mo
I remember folding mine individually like a canoe...lol...SP5 Charles McCoy Hassell
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AB Edward Mondini
AB Edward Mondini
4 mo
If I had a nickel every time I heard that phrase in the corporate world, I’d be a millionaire today.
Usually you hear that phrase from grunts who take no ownership in their jobs.
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COL Carl Jensen
COL Carl Jensen
3 mo
One I was forced to use: "Yes its now obsolete and no longer applicable, but if you want to graduate this course, you better know about it, because it will be on the test." C&GS 88-92
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MAJ Chris Ballard
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In the real Army...
I've been all over the place, and I have never found that elusive "Real Army." It must be Back At Bragg.
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1SG Harold Piet
1SG Harold Piet
6 mo
I was with 27th ABN ENG, 1/501 ABN Infantry, 101 Air assault, always felt I was in the real Army. Do not have a least that I can think of but fit to fight and combat ready are my favorites
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CH (LTC) Robert Leroe
CH (LTC) Robert Leroe
5 mo
It's very condescending.
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SPC Richard Lavigne
SPC Richard Lavigne
1 mo
The former Regular Army guys would say "In the REAL Army" when we were in the ARNG to guys who were never active duty or "In the REAL Army", not the once a month and 2 weeks a Year Army
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SPC Phillip Vossler
SPC Phillip Vossler
1 mo
While in my time on Eustis, i heard this term, often, smh.
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Before I retired after working on a 3 Star I hated during briefs people would use the phrase "as a caveat" wrong! I would sit there and think to myself "You keep using that word, but it doesn't mean what you think it means"
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1SG First Sergeant
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I wrote the same thing "caveat" means warning! who the hell are you warning? LOL
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"Just to piggyback off what he said..."
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SGT Jim A.
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