I hate it when women start a statement with "no offense..." If you start a sentence with that, the recipient is GOING to be offended--bet on it. It was like the time a B**** who was married to a friend of my husband's said, "No offense, but it you ever want a job in the real world (I'm a teacher, by the way), you'll have to cut your hair because no one in the real world takes a woman with long hair seriously." We were standing next to another friend's wife, a long-haired attorney. I can't keep my middle-schoolers (honors students or otherwise) from peppering every speech in class with "like." I'm sick and tired of people chatting on cell phones everywhere I look--stores, restaurants, movie theaters, you name it. I really don't want to hear everyone's one-sided conversations. It's making the noisy world even noisier, and the only place I like deafening noise is at any LSU athletic function.