“Whatever” tops list
Marist College Institute for Public Opinion has released its annual survey of annoying words and for the fifth straight year of conducting the popular culture survey, the apathetic “whatever” remains the winner/loser.
“Whatever” and its nuanced indifference was rated the most annoying word by 38 percent of 1,173 adults polled, up from 32 percent in 2013.
“The word can be very dismissive and rude,” said Mary Griffith, media director for Marist. “It’s a put-down to some extent and it can signal to the other person that what they are saying is not important.”
“Like” gets on the nerves of 22 percent. “You know” irks 18% of Americans while 14% want to see “just sayin’” stricken from casual conversation. Six percent detest “obviously,” and 2% remain “whatever”/unsure.
Political terms also made the list. Forty-one percent of Americans would like to see “Obamacare” disappear in 2014.” Respondents would like to eliminate the Washingtonian terms “shutdown” and “gridlock,” which got votes from 30 percent and 11 percent, respectively. “Fiscal cliff” rated 10 percent and “sequestration” 4 percent. Four percent of respondents were unsure. “Whatever.”
Complete tables for the poll can be seen here.
Seeing RedAZ’s erudite readers might have fun adding their own annoying words or phrases to this list. There are more than enough to go around.