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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1SG Steven Stankovich
1SG Steven Stankovich
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Using that logicSP5 Charles McCoy Hassell, why use a hammer when you have nail gun? My point was you must be open to new ideas and ways to accomplish a task/ mission in order to grow as an individual or an organization.
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SP5 Charles McCoy Hassell
SP5 Charles McCoy Hassell
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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
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I remember folding mine individually like a canoe...lol...SP5 Charles McCoy Hassell
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AB Edward Mondini
AB Edward Mondini
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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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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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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
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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CPT Training Officer, G 37, Training Integration 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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AB Edward Mondini
AB Edward Mondini
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In rural areas, that would translate into “I’ll visit with so-and-so about that”.
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AB Edward Mondini
AB Edward Mondini
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In the corporate world, that would be “Bob wants to join us to brainstorm”.
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