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Phrases that make you Cringe

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kakacabeza

Bang for your Buck -

Usually used by a client to justify some flimsy, tacky, aplique

Curb Appeal -

Usually used to justify brick in the front, siding on the sides, since the only purpose of architecture is to satisfy the desires of someone driving by in their SUV, who happens to glance at the building in the precise second that their gaze is perfectly orthagonal to the front elevation.

It is what it is -

Used by my PM when I point out he's designed the project into a corner, and the building has no hope of redemption.

Any mention of Mastics, Sealants, and Adhesives -

Usually used by Product reps to explain the ease of installing their new system, with copious amounts of the aforementioned substances.


Any others . . .

 
Dec 14, 04 4:18 pm
mad+dash

Not architecture related... but here we go anyway...

"I think you are a nice guy."

Dec 14, 04 4:28 pm  · 
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meversusyou

you forgot the next line of that phrase,

"i think we should just be friends."

Dec 14, 04 4:29 pm  · 
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mad+dash

nope...that never follows. probably because my gagging reflex kicks in and I turn to the side looking for a trash can to puke in.

Dec 14, 04 4:32 pm  · 
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FOG Lite

"Run it up the flagpole."

My boss says this before every presentation to a client. Sounding like a 1950's era Madison Ave. advertising exec has never been cool.

Dec 14, 04 4:37 pm  · 
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meversusyou

i've designed a few not so desirable spaces within an overall scheme that, in the terms of my boss, i've created a bunch of dead cat space.

what if i wanted dead cat space in my design, ever think of that?

Dec 14, 04 4:42 pm  · 
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Marc Pittsley

"think outside the box"

so overused nowadays, and most often in defense of what turn out to be utterly conventional ideas...

Dec 14, 04 4:42 pm  · 
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lola

"Yeah, but at the end of the day ..."

Dec 14, 04 4:45 pm  · 
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nluken

"I think this <some thing> really *wants to be* <some way> ...

I know the Kahn reference, I know, I know, but ... he wasn't asking about how many parking spaces a lot *wanted* to have, or what color fabric a sofa *wanted* to be.

Dec 14, 04 4:47 pm  · 
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weave

"so on and so forth..."

my "boss" says this at the end of all sentences, even if there is no 'so on' or 'so forth'.

"it's/i'm all about..."

just stop it. leave room for it to be about something else.

Dec 14, 04 4:48 pm  · 
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mad+dash

"if I was you, which I'm not, but if I was...I would"

Dec 14, 04 4:52 pm  · 
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plexus 1

in a review i sat on yesterday, a student referred to some subjective design moments as "flare!"

that word makes me cringe.........

Dec 14, 04 5:05 pm  · 
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plexus 1

meversusyou......did your boss attend the university of florida?

Dec 14, 04 5:07 pm  · 
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meversusyou

office space quote,

'you want to express yourself, dont you?'

Dec 14, 04 5:07 pm  · 
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meversusyou

no, cornell

Dec 14, 04 5:07 pm  · 
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meversusyou

you see, bad architectural phrases have no boundaries, its a worldwide phenomena

Dec 14, 04 5:09 pm  · 
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kakacabeza

flare?! That student must have learned to design from Queer eye for the straight guy.

Dec 14, 04 5:12 pm  · 
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whistler

sustainability

Dec 14, 04 5:20 pm  · 
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ArchAngel

whimsical
HGTV
Myriad
Compendium

Dec 14, 04 5:27 pm  · 
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weave

oh yeah, how could i forget:

"new urbanism"

not so bad when used in an intelligent way....really bad when a developer uses it as a catch phrase to turn a buck on a cheap piece of land. or whenever my boss uses it to describe "the latest trend". one time he actually said, "we need to get some of that 'new urbanism' on this project...you know, make it look town-y"

good topic, kakacabeza

Dec 14, 04 5:28 pm  · 
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andrew04

"celebrate the space"

Dec 14, 04 5:33 pm  · 
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Ms Beary

not what i would have done, but okayyyyyy

Dec 14, 04 5:43 pm  · 
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Ms Beary

If it ain't the hottest thing since sliced bread, then I don't want to see it.
says the boss

Dec 14, 04 5:45 pm  · 
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Ms Beary

Well that's neat and all, but this is what we're going to do...
again, says the boss

Dec 14, 04 5:46 pm  · 
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Dazed and Confused

"Don't over think it"

- - - then after completion per instructions:

"So, what do you think?"

Dec 14, 04 6:46 pm  · 
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Dazed and Confused

"Let's not let the tail wag the dog"

"Now that your husband is an architect, you can start raising a family"

Dec 14, 04 6:51 pm  · 
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drgonzo

design element-

usually used in reference to something designed in a half-assed fashion and inappropriately added onto the building in order to hide the fact that the rest wasn't really designed at all; said element also habitually blows 60-75% of the budget to the barest minimum of effect/impact

also:

blade wall
option 3B
master plan
"this is what you do..."
rhythm
"send the files to my home e-mail address so I can work on them this weekend"

Dec 14, 04 6:54 pm  · 
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el jeffe

BTW, it's flair, not flare.

The cretins in my office (the designers who actually design the buildings) frequently put themselves in the position of having to "break up the facade." I'm greeted with blank stares when I suggest that making statement should be a warning that there is something wrong with the design prima facie.

and..."fageddaboutit"

Dec 14, 04 6:57 pm  · 
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i.g.lu.s.

we had a design interoffice design session last weekend and the phrase

"architectural intervention"

was said at least 300 times

Dec 14, 04 7:01 pm  · 
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i.g.lu.s.

hmmm....

design interoffice design session....

Dec 14, 04 7:02 pm  · 
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meversusyou

*cringe*

Dec 14, 04 7:04 pm  · 
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gustav

Blow and Go.
(Hurry up, the client hasn't paid me in 6 months)

Again, .............
(Again used at the beginning of nearly every sentence to make everyone appear dense)

Architect: The CDs specifically called for a 1/4" gap, you made it 1".
Contractor: That's alright, we'll just fill it with a shitpot full of pooky.

You're pulling that out of your ass.
(When the boss doesn't understand what you're saying)

I'm going to chew out his ass.
(when the boss made a mistake and the contractor found it and called the client)

It's the Golden Rule, a$$h@le.
(the boss recieves the checks from the client, so he thinks he can treat people in the office like his own redheaded stepchild)

There's more....

Dec 14, 04 7:05 pm  · 
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gustav

Blow and Go.
(Hurry up, the client hasn't paid me in 6 months)

Again, .............
(Again used at the beginning of nearly every sentence to make everyone appear dense)

Architect: The CDs specifically called for a 1/4" gap, you made it 1".
Contractor: That's alright, we'll just fill it with a shitpot full of pooky.

You're pulling that out of your ass.
(When the boss doesn't understand what you're saying)

I'm going to chew out his ass.
(when the boss made a mistake and the contractor found it and called the client)

It's the Golden Rule, a$$h@le.
(the boss recieves the checks from the client, so he thinks he can treat people in the office like his own redheaded stepchild)

There's more....

Dec 14, 04 7:06 pm  · 
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gustav

Sorry for the dupe.

Dec 14, 04 7:07 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

"Diagonal entry lends to added sense of space."

Midcentury Modern

War on Terror

Jeb Bush '08

Dec 14, 04 7:35 pm  · 
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pencrush

"shoot me an email" or "i'll just shoot you an email" I really hate that for some reason.. it seems older people say it a lot.

"we'll just photoshop that out"

"that should only take about 20 mins"

Dec 14, 04 7:48 pm  · 
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pencrush

and to go along with nluken's "this wants to be.." which is so true it's sad..

"this feels like it should be _______" insert whatever material, formal decision, plan condition, etc.

Dec 14, 04 7:51 pm  · 
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Fish

"This begs the question..."
"I've been tasked with..."

Dec 14, 04 8:00 pm  · 
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meversusyou

'Would you like fries with that?'

Dec 14, 04 8:05 pm  · 
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drums please, Fab?

discussing something and the guy i'm talking to begins every sentence with "yes, but ..."

"where is it at?"

"where are you at?"

"where did you go to?"

my current favorite:

"yeah, no it's great." (do you mean 'yes it is great' or 'no it is not great.' ???)

Dec 14, 04 8:07 pm  · 
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enzo76

"keep your grubby hands off my daughter"

man, I HATE that

Dec 14, 04 8:16 pm  · 
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mauOne™

"that looks sassy"

" mission accomplished "

" play with that facade "

" facade "

" an architect can draw us some plans " EVERYBODY instead of thinking that an architect designs ?

Dec 14, 04 8:23 pm  · 
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Ms Beary

hash it out

touch base

Dec 14, 04 8:38 pm  · 
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Ms Beary

hi how are you?

fine thank you, and you?

fine, and you?

Dec 14, 04 8:38 pm  · 
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spaghetti

"the design is horrible"

followed by:

"i should kill you for that"

Dec 14, 04 9:04 pm  · 
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Suture

"...please not on the face!!!!

-David Cross
comedy CD

Dec 14, 04 9:27 pm  · 
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sure2016

"fake column"

Added by interior designer because the space needed it.

Dec 14, 04 9:44 pm  · 
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MMatt

Oooh, good topic.

"It's, uhh... organic forms." I was in a digital media studio this past semester and every halfbrained classmate of mine decided that their arbitrary blob was a representation of something organic.

"Basically..." Used to start out a presentation of any sort. No matter how informal. Because, basically, you're an idiot.

"Okay, here's what you need to do." Followed by grabbing my pen and sketchbook and hashing out a halfbrained design change. Thanks, professor/guest critic. That really advanced my education.

Dec 14, 04 9:48 pm  · 
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alphanumericcha

put a hat on it

the code says

i like "modern", but will that sell

just push that over a little it'll fit

the checks in the mail

let's think outside the box here

push the envelope

cement wall

that should work

i can't work this weekend on your project sir, i have to help my mother buy a computer...plus you know i don't do deadlines very well

i told the engineer that

<anything> is public enemy number one

point of diminishing returns

attractive nuisance

insurance is a business pal <said whilst fucking me in the ass with a nice smile as to raising premiums again 30%>



Dec 14, 04 10:04 pm  · 
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Ms Beary

"stress the horizontals"

Dec 14, 04 10:12 pm  · 
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spaghetti

"my concept is foliage. i am putting leaves everywhere" --a friend in my major (interior design)

Another one was happiness, as in colorful bubbles everywhere, and when asked to further explain and elaborate, she says "its just like...sooo happy!"

ahh, i love my major.

Dec 14, 04 11:20 pm  · 
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