See Which Word Was Voted “Most Annoying” In 2012
11:30 am, December 28th | by Laura Donovan
Now here’s a fact you can’t simply blow off with a “whatever” or “whatevs”: the results of a new Marist poll find that Americans hate the defeatist, dismissive word “whatever” more than any other phrase, with empty “like,” unclear “you know,” and preachy “just sayin’” following close behind.
The survey, which was compiled from chats with more than 1,200 adults, also reveals that different age groups get riled up about different terms and phrases. Folks under 45 in the Northeast reported feeling really irritated with “like” whereas people 45 and over seriously disliked hearing “you know,” which is another filler word. Whites were almost twice as likely as their non-white counterparts to hate “you know,” and people in the under 45 age range said they really can’t stand when others say “just sayin.’” I’m with them on that, it’s the dumbest phrase ever. Just sayin.’
Other annoying phrases that made the list were “Twitterverse” and “gotcha,” both of which seem much more awful than “whatever” and “like,” but whatever…
On the bright side, “seriously” was nowhere to be found on this roundup, which included the aforementioned no-no word last year. High five for being less obnoxious in 2012???