12/27: “Whatever” Still Viewed as Most Annoying Word or Phrase, Just Sayin’

December 27, 2012 by  
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For the fourth consecutive year, Americans consider “whatever” to be the most annoying word or phrase in conversation.  More than three in ten — 32% — have this view while “like” irritates 21% of residents nationally.  17% are most irked by “you know” while 10% would prefer to ban “just sayin’” from today’s lexicon.  “Twitterverse” annoys 9% of adults while 5% are ticked off by “gotcha.”  Five percent are unsure.

Click Here for Complete December 27, 2012 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables

In last year’s survey, 38% thought “whatever” to be the most obnoxious word in casual conversation while 20% said “like” was the most irritating.  19% despised hearing “you know” while “just sayin’” was the most bothersome to 11% of Americans.  “Seriously” made last year’s list with 7% reporting it was the most annoying word in conversation.  Five percent, at that time, were unsure.

Table: Most Annoying Conversational Word or Phrase

How the Survey was Conducted

Nature of the Sample

 

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52 Responses to “12/27: “Whatever” Still Viewed as Most Annoying Word or Phrase, Just Sayin’”

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  17. julia on December 27th, 2012 7:20 pm

    what about yolo?

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  33. sarah on December 28th, 2012 10:54 am

    Absolutely, phenomenal, I know, right?

  34. Herb on December 28th, 2012 5:11 pm

    Is anyone else annoyed by “Anywho”. IT’S ANYHOW! AAAAAAGH!

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  36. Lee Daniel Crocker on December 29th, 2012 5:02 am

    I think “whatever” is great. It’s basically shorthand for “You just said something I totally disagree with, but you’re a decent person and I don’t want to fight about it.” We need more of that.

  37. Rodney Johnson on December 29th, 2012 6:14 am

    This doesn’t say how the poll was conducted. Did you supply the words and ask people to rank them? Or did they supply their own list of words? For the record, none of those words make up my list of top 5 most annoying words.

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  39. Heather Martinez on January 1st, 2013 1:49 pm

    “I know,Right?” has got to be the MOST annoying phrase to me!!

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  41. Mary Azzoli on January 2nd, 2013 10:27 am

    @Rodney Johnson…Respondents were offered a list of choices. Please share the words you find most annoying. We take that into consideration when compiling the next list.
    - Mary Azzoli, Director of Interactive Media Systems at The Marist Poll

  42. Debbie M on January 4th, 2013 11:12 am

    “However” and “Good-good-good” – I hear these get used just waaaaay too much!

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  48. CrankyYankee on February 6th, 2013 8:08 pm

    i thought the word was going to be, “ya’know”…….

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  51. Caroline on December 2nd, 2013 8:07 am

    Whatever… :D even for me (not living in an english speaking country) whatever is annoying sometimes when talking to english speaking persons.

  52. Cristian Lab │ Nuevas Tecnologias on March 9th, 2014 11:59 am

    I think some people hate some words or expressions just because they are repeated time after time constantly. That does not seem to make much sense when talking. I do not know if it is just the case for “whatever” but I am dead sure it is for “you know”.

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