‘Whatever’ Most Annoying Word
December 18, 2011 by staff
‘Whatever’ Most Annoying Word, To brush off the results of a recent poll that asserts the word ‘whatever’ was voted the most annoying word for the third year running would seemingly be the best tribute to the news.
A university in up state New York announced Friday that the dismissive ‘whatever’ continues to reign supreme in the common lexicon.
For the third year in a row, the Marist University poll asked 1,026 adults what the most grating word was from a five options.
Whatever took the cake with 38 per cent of the lot, though this is a drop of one point from last year, and even lower than it’s high of 49 per cent in 2009.
While it clearly has staying power, some balked at the thought that ‘whatever’, a word made popular in the 1990s cult film Clueless, was truly the worst thing to come out of society’s mouths over the past decade or so.
The respondents do not get to suggest the words that bother them the most, but rather are given five options decided upon by the university.
This year’s options included the always-annoying ‘like’ which came in second with 20 per cent of the vote, followed shortly behind by ‘you know’ with 19 per cent.
‘Just saying’ and ‘seriously’ rounded up the group with 11 and 7 per cent respectively.
Last year, other options included ‘to tell you the truth’, ‘you know what I mean’, and ‘actually’.
The inaugural class included ‘it is what it is’, ‘anyway’ and ‘it is what it is’.
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