"Whatever" deemed most annoying word: poll

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Do you want to kill a conversation? Try saying "whatever."

Words like "you know" and "like" might be irritating to hear, but for the third year in a row, it's "whatever" that holds the most power to annoy, according to an annual survey by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

Nearly four in ten adults named "whatever" as the most annoying verbal filler in casual conversation, while one in five adults had similar disdain for "like" and 'you know."

"Just sayin'" and "seriously" were more forgiving to the ears, though still quite irritating, Marist found.

The telephone survey of 1,026 adults nationally had a margin of error of three percentage points.

(Reporting by Edith Honan; editing by Patricia Reaney)

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AlisonR1 wrote:
This definitely sounds pretty accurate. Ten years later I’ve found, “whatever” is still the most despised word in my mother’s dictionary. I still use it though, just to annoy her. :)

Dec 16, 2011 6:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fatesrider wrote:
“Just sayin’” means “Just insulting you to your face.”

Seriously = “What kind of an idiot is that???”

“Whatever” = “I don’t care enough about this to say anything more.”

“Like” = Mental block.

One thing that missed the list: “I’m all…”

All of these examples are signs of acute mental laziness.

Dec 16, 2011 6:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mafettig wrote:
Whatever

Dec 16, 2011 7:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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