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12/18: “Whatever” Loses Ground but Retains Annoying Word Title


12/18: “Whatever” Loses Ground but Retains Annoying Word Title

For the ninth consecutive year, Americans say “whatever” is the most annoying word or phrase used in casual conversation.

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For the ninth consecutive year, Americans say “whatever” is the most annoying word or phrase used in casual conversation. But, fewer Americans feel that way than in previous years. Residents under the age of 45, compared with their older counterparts, do not find the word all that bothersome.

33% of Americans consider “whatever” to be the most annoying word or phrase. The recent addition of “fake news” takes second place with 23% followed closely by “no offense, but” with 20%. 11% think “literally” is the most grating word used in conversation while 10% assert “you know what I mean” is the most agitating.

In 2016, “whatever” received 38% to 20% for “no offense, but.” “Ya know, right” and “I can’t even” each garnered 14%. Eight percent of Americans deemed “huge” to be the most irritating word or phrase spoken in casual conversation.

“Since 2015, we have seen a narrowing between ‘whatever’ and the rest of the list,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “It has been more than 20 years since ‘whatever’ first gained infamy in the movie Clueless. While the word irks older Americans, those who are younger might not find ‘whatever’ to be so annoying.”

Opinions differ based on age. A plurality of U.S. residents 45 and older, 40%, believe “whatever” is the most annoying spoken word. In contrast, 28% of Americans under 45 years old say “no offense, but” is the most bothersome. A similar 26% of these residents consider “whatever” to be the most grating word or phrase used in casual conversation.

Complete December 18, 2017 Marist Poll Release of the United States
Complete December 18, 2017 Marist Poll of the United States (Tables of Adults and Registered Voters)
Marist Poll Methodology
Nature of the Sample

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  1. SO, ... ?

    December 20, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Most annoying word for me these days is the word “So…”. Younger people, millenials and younger, have picked up the infuriating habit of starting their sentences off repeatedly with the word “So,..” the then saying what they wanted to say in the first place. It’s as if they think that, for some unknown reason, they need to “soften” their statement first, before they say it, and the word “So,…” does that.

    But why? Why do they think this way? Beginning their sentences with “So…,” adds exatly zero to the content, and it gets monotonous very quickly. Stop it. Just, stop it. It’s painfully annoying, and makes you look stupid. Just start talking, starting with the first word of the sentence, and quit with the annoying “So…” crap.

  2. Edward R Boothe

    December 20, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    “The recent addition of “fake news” takes second place with 23%”

    No doubt that 23% would be the Marxist Democrats who don’t like people pointing out their Communist lies.

  3. dan

    December 20, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Obama was my most annoying word for 8 years…still is!!

  4. bewolff

    December 20, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    The truth hurts .

  5. Freedomskrieg

    December 20, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Some things just need to be said to get to the TRUTH like the seething hatred always stemming from the Liberal commie Left.

  6. masr

    December 20, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    The most annoying word IMO is the overuse of the word “annoying”

  7. Bessie Funk

    December 20, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    The sissy snowflakes who are hysterical and unhinged and rapid blinking Coastal Party bots are the ones volunteering for these polls. Thanks, I know the truth hurts and will double down on fake news that is showered down on you as well. The media is lying to Hillary bots as well, yes, pissing on you you and telling you its DJTs rain.

  8. Lisa Truitt

    December 20, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Whatever. Fake news.

  9. StandingO

    December 20, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Actually, the MOST annoying comment is “Have a good one.” Check-out clerks are programmed to it. I always answer, “A good what?” Then they also say “Did you find everything OK?” And I say “Fortunately, I wasn’t looking for everything. That would take a very long time”

  10. Fred Doe

    December 20, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Want to know what is infinitely more annoying than the term “fake news”?
    THE FAKE NEWS ITSELF! VIA the NYT, WP, CNN, MSNBC FBI and entire democrat party!

  11. Dana

    December 20, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    I find fake news to be annoying. Use of the term does not annoy me, but the practice of generating fake news. Daily we are insulted with so called fake news from liberal activists at @CNN @ABC @WAPO @NYT. Why not take a poll about how Americans feel about fake news?

  12. cleo48

    December 20, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Well, it IS. But that fact in no way diminishes the fact that fake or distorted news is now so common as to make it VERY difficult for citizens to determine what is real. This may be by design. The only way a citizen can reach some reasonably accurate comprehension any longer is by sampling a diverse number of carefully selected sources and weighing it all in the balance. How many chimps are willing to do this?

  13. Lon

    December 20, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Yep, All of the Fake news sites like CNN, MSNBC, NBC etc. put out a fake poll saying people don’t like them being referred to as fake news. Fake news for certain!

  14. factscount

    December 20, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Fake news is annoying because it has ushered in a greater dependency on the internet for information. The media has lost a lot of clout and respect, and former news junkies are going elsewhere to get informed by more credible sources.

  15. Essess

    December 20, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    “Fake news “ is a very good descriptive noun. The rest are responses to to another speaker. Really not the same, IMO. And an obvious attempt to get the term fake news off the grid which ain’t gonna happen, dudes.

  16. Ro

    December 20, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Fake news is perfect. The MSM and progressive propagandists are the only ones who don’t like it because it calls them out in a very direct way.

  17. Craig Elliott

    December 20, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Unfortunately any outlet can make such claims… who did they poll?, how many people were polled? what is their political affiliation… there are numerous ways to skew polls… I don’t believe most of them and neither should your readers…

  18. Harley

    December 20, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    This is BS…I love the term “Fake News.” This is the most accurate description of the partisan lies that are promoted as “news” everyday.

  19. Larby

    December 20, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    I will never believe the headline poll results of any poll that does not include the actual poll question, method of answer, sample size, etc. I could craft a poll that would result in “Merry Christmas” being the most annoying phrase.

    In other words: This is fake news.

  20. El Paisa

    December 20, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    You know, Fake News, by the end of the day will be fake news and whatever you said is not important.

  21. Someone Else

    December 20, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    What about “Woke”, “Slay(ed)”, and “Shade”…these have to be the dumbest words I have seen used in actual reporting.

  22. Richard

    December 20, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    The most annoying thing about “fake news” is that its FAKE NEWS !

  23. Sean

    December 20, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    The sad truth is, mainstream society has been plagued by fake news which in turn has led them to be annoyed by the term….the good thing is, the silent majority still exists – shhhh

  24. Vic

    December 20, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    It’s all good……

  25. DG

    December 20, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    The headline should read “77% of Americans Are Not Bothered by the Term Fake News.”

  26. Michael Dean Miller

    December 20, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Fake news itself is hated more than the phrase “fake news”

  27. Doug in Jax

    December 20, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    23% don’t like hearing “fake news”. Not coincidentally, 23% is also the percentage of Americans who self-identify as Progressives (socialists).
    I guess its annoying to have your propaganda outlets identified as fake news.

  28. Gamera

    December 20, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    People wouldn’t use the term “fake news” so much if there wasn’t so much FAKE NEWS

  29. Tom

    December 20, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    I prefer bogus journalism.

  30. Chuck

    December 20, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    I think fake news is annoying.

  31. Joe

    December 20, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    at the end of the day…

  32. Rob

    December 20, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    It’s not the phrase “Fake News” that is annoying.

    It is Fake News, like this story, that is annoying.

  33. vee

    December 20, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    How about “PROPAGANDA-NEWS?”

  34. gavinwca

    December 20, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    What ever, more fake news.

  35. Anthony Stavros

    December 20, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Nice try! We are not tired of it and will not stop saying it until you stop printing it.

  36. Ron Hyatt

    December 20, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    The people who are annoyed by “fake news” weren’t annoyed by “faux news” LIEberal lying scum.

  37. BraddahNui

    December 20, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    According to fake polls Hillary will win by a landslide. What?

  38. putupjob

    December 20, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    fake news itself is much worse than hearing the phrase “fake news”.

  39. Ron

    December 20, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    It’s the fake mews that will put the likes of ABC,CBS…. out of business SO I LOVE IT!

  40. Verneoz

    December 20, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    “…recent addition of “fake news” takes second place…” The term fake news is probably more disliked by liberals. For they are invested in what the daily news media narrative is, and that narrative is always against Conservatives. Lastly, when hit with the “fake news” bullet, the deflated liberal cannot offer a counterpoint that validates what the fake news subject is. Do not be invested too much in these faddish polls. The November election proved that most are stilted, biased exercises to produce a predetermined result.

  41. bioya1

    December 20, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    FAKE NEWS is primarily decried by people who offer it (liberals).

  42. triumphofthewill

    December 20, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Most Americans I know hate the fake news and know that media is 90+% against Trump and against America. We also know that this is not an accident, but a plan by globalists…just as allowing illegal immigration is an agenda. We’re sick of it.

  43. Dave Samson

    December 20, 2017 at 8:01 AM


  44. Susan Daniels

    December 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    The most annoying word and should be banned from the English language is the overused “empowerment.”

  45. Elaine Benes

    December 20, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    “FAKE”! “FAKE”! “FAKE”!”FAKE”!”FAKE”!

    -Elaine Marie Benes

  46. Josh

    December 20, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    WHATEVER! This is simply more fake news.

  47. Lonnie meade

    December 20, 2017 at 7:37 AM

    More manufactured nonsense disguised as news reported to influence but thinking of the people

  48. Bill N

    December 20, 2017 at 7:36 AM

    The most annoying word of all is………………POLL

  49. itsy_bitsy

    December 20, 2017 at 7:17 AM

    You may not like the term “Fake News”, but until all news sources actually report the “news” instead of their own political agendas, then that is what it will be – FAKE!

  50. JAKE6719

    December 20, 2017 at 7:10 AM


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