Laura, from Catholic Teacher Musings, wrote about an interesting topic today...trigger words. Read what she has to say here. She's a teacher, so she knows her stuff and she's always right! (You're welcome, Laura)
Anyway, the phrase that can always set my heart beating overtime is "I need to talk to you". Even just typing it gives me a slight anxiety attack. The way I see it is that if someone "needs to talk to you", it can't be about anything good, or they would just tell you right then without having to preface it. I mean, who says "I need to talk to you...you look radiant today"??? Nope, it's more like "I need to talk to you...you're fired!"
When I was giving birth to Maggie, I found out I had another labor-trigger-word. Wanna guess what it was? OK, I'll tell you; "Relax". Sounds crazy, I know, but when I was in the depths of drug-free labor and the nurse/midwife/hubby told me to "relax", I almost punched them out. You try to relax while you're in transition and about to push...it's just about the most un-relaxful time ever!!
Phew, glad I got that off my chest. No I can go "relax" because I don't "need to talk to you" anymore :)