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‘Whatever’ voted most annoying word

whatever_635x250_1387485516Hands down, no word grates more than “whatever,” a public opinion survey says.

The casual “whatever” was rated the most annoying word by 38 percent of 1,173 adult Americans surveyed in early December. And that is up from 32 percent a year earlier, pollsters said. What’s more, “whatever” has topped the annoying word charts for five straight years.

“The word can be very dismissive and rude,” said Mary Griffith, media director for Marist. “It’s a put-down to some extent and it can signal to the other person that what they are saying is not important.”

With apologies to Facebook, Americans also do not like the word “like,” which ranked second in the survey of most annoying words, at 22 percent. The term “you know” pulled 18 percent, “just sayin” 14 percent, and “obviously” 6 percent. Two percent of respondents were unsure.

In the same survey, Marist pollsters wanted to know what political word or phrase Americans would like to see disappear in 2014. “Obamacare” was mentioned by 41 percent of respondents as a word they do not want to hear next year.

LOL. I don’t know about Obamacare, but yes, ‘whatever’ is really satisfying when I’m the one dishing it off and very annoying when I’m getting those fingers in my face.

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  1. Michael

     /  December 21, 2013

    Like, whatever!

  2. ary

     /  December 21, 2013

    ‘When you’re the one dishing it, eh?’ …whatever, dude.

  3. Marthy

     /  December 21, 2013

    I so hate that word, I could kill. Very demeaning and annoying.

  4. Abbreviate it for extra power. Wevs, dude.

  5. Reblogged this on Hourglass and commented:
    Have you ever felt so satisfied when you use the word ‘whatever’?
    I bet you used it while doing that thing with your hand, you know,the one where you flick your hand in that annoying way. This piece will give you insight on the sentiments behind that word. Enjoy!

    Let’s hear how it feels when you’re the one on the receiving end!
    Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts.

  6. Yemie

     /  December 21, 2013

    ‘Whatever’ is so annoying when told one and ‘like seriously’ is also gaining grounds now. I hear it in a lot of movies and sitcoms and am amazed it didn’t make top five.

  7. Sallie

     /  December 21, 2013

    Ɣëǟђ! Wareva!!


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