Betty on the News: 'Whatever' Tops List of Most Annoying Words

In a Marist College poll released Wednesday it was revealed that 47 percent of Americans find the term 'whatever' to be "most annoying in conversation.”

Betty on the News: ‘Whatever’ Tops List of Most Annoying Words

In a Marist College poll released Wednesday it was revealed that 47 percent of Americans find the term ‘whatever’ to be “most annoying in conversation.”

-Carolyn French

The Merriam Webster Dictionary

Pollsters at Marist College asked 938 U.S. adults what popular words or phrases they thought were especially irritating via phone, and ‘whatever’ managed to beat ‘you know,’ which a quarter of the respondents despised.

The other irritating nominees were ‘anyway’ (at 7 percent), ‘it is what it is’ (11 percent), and ‘at the end of the day’ (at 2 percent).

The study found that ‘whatever’ was disliked across the board, regardless of each participant’s race, age, gender and income.

“It doesn’t surprise me because ‘whatever’ is in a special class, probably,” Michael Adams, author of Slang: The People’s Poetry, stated. “It’s a word that – and it depends how a speaker uses it – can suggest dismissiveness.”

All we can say is, whatever! (FOXNews.com)

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