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“Whatever” voted most irritating word in poll (Reuters)

"Whatever" voted most irritating word in poll (Reuters)

"Whatever" voted most irritating word in poll (Reuters)

(Reuters) – Whatever you think about using grating words, at the end of the day it’s actually better not to say whatever, if you know what I mean.

For the second consecutive year “whatever’ topped a Marist poll as the most annoying word or phrase in the English language.

Nearly 39 percent of 1,020 Americans questioned in the survey deemed it the most irritating word, followed by “like” with 28 percent and the phrase “you know what I mean’ at 15 percent.

“Perhaps these words are introduced through popular culture, for example movies … so they catch on,” said Mary Azzoli, of Marist. “It has a lot to do with how accepted and how popular they become in every day speech.”

Azzoli said words like “whatever” can be quite dismissive depending on how they are used.

“It’s the way they are delivered and inherent in that delivery is a meaning.

The phrase “to tell you the truth” and “actually” were also unnerving to many people. But for younger Americans, aged 18 to 29, “like” was the word that annoyed them most.


21 thoughts on ““Whatever” voted most irritating word in poll (Reuters)”

  1. By the way, i wander what is your personal translation of “WHATEVER” in russian?

    “НИКАКОЙ”? :roll:
    “ПО-ЛЮБОМУ”? :mrgreen:
    “ЧТО БЫ ТО НИ БЫЛО”? :sad:
    “ПОФИГУ? :grin:

    Will explain our “secret dialogue to our international community afterwords..

  2. I told you, Boss, our box-brothers want to talk as well as download..
    Forums dont work somehow.. So let us be flexible and use comments and Key Muster’s (Whatever & Rachmaninov) posts as a way of communications..

    I think that mini-chat could also be a good instrument :oops:

  3. I discovered this site about a month ago and, to tell you the truth, I feel like a kid in a candy store. You know what I mean? It’s awesome dude! Whatever, I just wanted to say thank you for the great music and the fantastic job in presenting it.

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