For some reason, I find certain phrases particular jarring. Three that immediately come to mind are:
“In any way, shape, or form”
“The last time I checked”
“Make no mistake about it”
Whenever a speaker uses any of those phrases, I cringe and think slightly less of them and the things they are saying, which is unfair I know but I cannot help it. I have tried to pin down why these phrases annoy me so much. It is not only because they are clichés, though they are. Each one has an extra quality that makes it stand out over other tired and worn out phrases.
I think I dislike the first one because it represents rhetorical overkill, implying that there is absolutely no room for any disagreement. The second bothers me because it usually precedes a sarcastic or sneering comment, and is often a prelude to a put-down that implies the person uttering it is saying something so obvious that the person it is targeted at must be an idiot to think otherwise. The third one sounds too peremptory and has a faintly menacing or threatening tone.
I think we would be better served by retiring these phrases and replacing them with new ones that convey the same basic message without the negative connotations.