So you find certain words annoying? Whatever

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - "You know," "whatever" is a really annoying term -- "like" "you know." We're "just sayin'."

When it comes to the most annoying words or phrases used in conversation, those four top the list in 2012, according to the annual Marist Poll.

"Whatever" headed the list, cited by 32 percent of adults, and next came "like," which 21 percent didn't like.

Runners-up included "Twitterverse" and "gotcha'."

The results mirrored last year's survey when "whatever" topped the annoying words list for a third straight year. But "seriously," named by 7 percent last year, dropped off the list entirely - really.

Marist questioned 1,246 adults in a U.S. nationwide, telephone survey.

Results showed differences by age and regions, with people younger than 45 or in the Northeast especially annoyed by "like," while "you know" offended more of the 45-and-over set.

Men and women gave similar responses overall, but whites were twice as likely as non-whites to find "you know" irritating. And people under 45 were more than twice as likely as those over 45 to be put off by "just sayin.'"

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; editing by Patricia Reaney and Kenneth Barry)

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mediaconsumer wrote:
“Really? Seriously?”

Dec 28, 2012 8:56am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:
It is all part of the dumbing down of America. I realize that language is dynamic, however, we are lazier than ever in our everyday usage.

Poor teaching,laziness?

Grammar, punctuation and spelling all seem to be declining. This is especially evident in broadcast journalism and printed news articles. A great example is the use/misuse of the word fun and its’ related funner and funnest…..????? Seriously?

Do we no longer teach the basics through junior and senior high school? If not, why not? It is the basis for our culture, such as it is, in the twenty-first century.

Dec 28, 2012 12:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rikfre wrote:

Dec 28, 2012 12:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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