Annoying Word Poll; It's, Like, "Whatever"

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What word or phrase do Americans find most annoying when used in conversations? It's, like, "whatever."

The popular slacker term of indifference was found "most annoying in conversation" by 47 percent of American adults surveyed in a Marist College poll released Wednesday.

"Whatever" easily beat out "you know." The other annoying contenders were "anyway," "it is what it is" and "at the end of the day."

"Whatever" is an expression with staying power. Immortalized in song by Nirvana in 1991, popularized by the Valley girls in "Clueless" later that decade, it is still commonly used, often by younger people.

Pollsters at the Poughkeepsie, N.Y. college surveyed 938 U.S. adults by telephone. The margin of error is 3.2 percentage points.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2009 at 01:54 AM
    PUREBREAD- Again, Bread that is baked which has no contaminants...LOL
  • by C on Oct 8, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    Some others I can think of...."Basically", "Boot" [some people use this to refer to the trunk of a car],and a phrase the media uses when talking about criminal trials: "Change of venue".
  • by PUREBREAD on Oct 8, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    Barak Hussein Obama MMM MMM MMM.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Oct 8, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    It's also annoying for people to say "like" about every 3 words of their sentence. I know it's probably because they're thinking, but just take your time and make thought-out statements. People tend to overuse the word literally too.
  • by john Location: washington on Oct 8, 2009 at 03:28 AM

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