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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SPC Neal Stanley
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Most dangerous sentence in any work place.
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CW2 Retired
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My nurse friend says "We cant cure stupid but we can sedate it;"
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1SG Steven Stankovich
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CH (LTC) Robert Leroe
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Being a minister I can tell you that's the motto of a lot of churches!
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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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SFC Intelligence Analyst
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When I'm in a joint unit we all say "in the real Army" or "real Air Force" or "real Navy." A CMSgt told us in a NCO meeting he doesn't like when people say that. Say "in a traditional unit..."

Let's be honest - anyone in a joint unit knows that it's a completely different world than "traditional" units.
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PO1 Bruce Abernathy
PO1 Bruce Abernathy
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Worked on subs for years and when you ask “who did that”. They said the “other crew”. Never found the other crew. We was able to find the blue and the gold crews but never the “other crew”
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1SG Harold Piet
1SG Harold Piet
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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
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It's very condescending.
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HOOAH. I hate it. Lately, I've also heard Soldiers using the word socialize incorrectly and it's rather annoying. If someone asks them a question and they aren't sure, instead of saying "I'll get an answer to that" they say "I'll socialize that with so-and-so".
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SGT Chester Beedle
SGT Chester Beedle
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Like many things it was actually kind of cool and had meaning. Until the mid to late 90s when it became just plain stupid.
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LTC Director, Us Army Physical Fitness School
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I despise the H-Bomb. In any way, shape, form or dialect.
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CPT Training Officer (En/Mp/Cm), G 37, Individual Training Division
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I. Effing. Hate. Hooah.
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Cadet CPT (Pre-Commission)
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Socialize is not a hard word to understand how to use properly...
But sometimes I use big words I don't really understand so I can sound more photosynthesis.
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