Whatever, Still Most Annoying Word, You Know. Like, Seriously? Just Sayin’

We all know people who can’t stop themselves using the word “like” in virtually every sentence. It’s a word virus and not going away anytime soon per Marist Poll:

It’s that time of the year, again! It’s time for The Marist Poll to reveal the word or phrase considered to be the most annoying in casual conversation. And, for the third consecutive year, “whatever” receives the dubious honor.

Nearly four in ten adults nationally — 38% — say “whatever” grates on their nerves the most. “Like” one in five — 20% — say that verbal filler is the most irritating while 19% despise “you know.” “Just sayin’” gets on the nerves of 11% of the population compared with 7% who report “seriously” should be banned from casual conversation. Five percent are unsure.

Last year, 39% told the Marist Poll “whatever” is the most bothersome word in casual conversation while 28% thought “like” was the epitome of irritating. At that time, the list also included “you know what I mean” — 15% — “to tell you the truth” — 10% — and “actually” — 5%. Three percent were unsure…


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13 Comments on "Whatever, Still Most Annoying Word, You Know. Like, Seriously? Just Sayin’"

  1. lazy_friend | Dec 28, 2012 at 11:31 am |

    If you watch almost any NFL and NBA player or coach being interviewed pre game or post match, they say “you know” a million times. Its a freaking drinking game or you can bet with you buddies to see who comes closer to guessing how many times a certain player says “you know” in an interview. When I first noticed this, I counted Bill Belichick saying “you know” at least 40 times (conservative estimate because I got tired of counting) in his interview. Brady played well “you know” then Wes was running his routes well “you know” but “you know” they had great DB that made the game challenging for us “you know” but “you know” Wes is an explosive player and ” you know” is able to get just enough separation “you know” to make great receptions. Bill is one of the Smarter coaches but is still infected by ” you know”. I watch a lot of sports and now I find myself saying it if I don’t “you know” pay attention.

  2. Phillipede | Dec 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm |

    I think the word “awesome” is slightly more annoying than “whatever”. I hear that word constantly on a daily basis. My sister and her kids use it to describe everything. I was really tempted to strangle them all over Christmas.

  3. This is valuable information. “Whatever” is like “fuck” without the social constraints.

  4. marvin nubwaxer | Dec 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm |

    cool describes corpses, not me.

  5. To me, the most annoying verbal habit people are using today is the word “literally”. They over use it or misuse it and it drives me nuts. They use it when what they are saying is far from literal (“I’m literally all over the map”). They use it when it’s not necessary (“I’m literally sitting here in traffic”) to create verbal filler. They use it correctly, but constantly (“I’m literally taking this pen and literally writing down a note”). It is becoming an epidemic just like “like” or “whatever”. Watch, now that I’ve mentioned this, you’ll start to notice it more and more. Even newscasters on the TV are in on the craze. Grrrr!

  6. Hell no! It’s “awesome” everything is awesome to
    nearly everybody uses awesome with alarming frequency.
    Awesome, totally, like, whatever, literally, I know, right?
    Seriously? and really?

  7. Nickopotamus | Dec 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm |

    Whatever isn’t nearly as annoying as “whatev”, at least say the whole fucking word!

  8. BuzzCoastin | Dec 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm |

    all everyday speech is cliched
    if you can speak another language, you know this
    the most 那个那个 annoying Chinese 那个那个 cliche to 那个那个Western ears?

  9. lilbear68 | Dec 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm |

    whatever, lol the final word said when the utterer knows they have lost the debate/argument

  10. “just sayin,” is the one that irritates me. It’s so passive-aggressive. We know you are saying something, usually an opinion, by why go all milque-toast by ending it with a lame explanation? Another phrase that didn’t make the list is one that has reared it’s repetitive head almost ad infinitum: “not so much.” -Another lame-ass way of stating something that the writer or speaker doesn’t want to sound too strongly about.

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