List of 2013’s most annoying words released

“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.


19 Responses to List of 2013’s most annoying words released

  1. ZOO says:

    “Comprehensive immigration reform.”

    • Vince says:

      Great choice, ZOO!! That term epitomizes the lies we are fed by John McCain, Jeff Flake (and before him, Jon Kyl), and their “bi-partisan” (insert LIBERAL) accomplices in the amnesty advocates in the Gang of Eight. Add Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to that notorious list, also.
      As to the line in the survey pointing out that “Forty-one percent of Americans would like to see “Obamacare” disappear in 2014.” That’s got to be an error. Betch’a the respondents more accurately meant they wanted to see “Obama disappear.”

    • Blackbeard says:

      Without a doubt the words that grate on me the most are Obama and McCain along with all of their double dealing, sell out, chums, both Republican and Democrat.

  2. Orion says:

    I work with professionals who use “my bad” when they make mistakes. They sound like morons.

    I also cringe when I read or hear of someone who has disappeared oddly described as “went missing.”

  3. Dennis O'Brien says:

    How did everything suddenly become “amazing?” What happened to “nice” or “good?”
    Vacations, homes, vehicles and children, as much as they might be liked, admired or loved, are not amazing. But today everything carries excessive proportions. Adults sound like limited vocabulary teens.

    • LD 23 PC says:

      I’ll add the trite and invariably inappropriately used “awesome” to your“amazing.” The answer to “I’ll meet you at 12:15 for lunch” is NOT “awesome.”

  4. Sally Forth says:

    “Clearly” is my entry as a hands down winner. When a statement begins with “clearly,” the speaker is telling the listener that anyone with any sense must agree with what the speaker is saying. It’s offensive and carries the insinuation of mega arrogance.

  5. Clementine says:

    How about “pro-choice” when the “choice” is actually death carried out through abortion?

    • LEO IN TSN says:

      Amen, Clementine. Pro-choice just means killing every choice that innocent baby could make over a lifetime. It means killing, in most instances, the real choice of the mother to give life to her baby and to make her own choices in raising her baby.

      God bless you, Clementine, and all who honor the sanctity of innocent human life, real marriage and real family. God bless the babies. God bless America.

      • Clementine says:

        Thank you for the blessings, LEO. A joy filled Christmas to you and your loved ones. Your thoughtful, conservative comments are important to those of us who gather here.

  6. Kent says:

    A lot of nonsense speak comes from television. Jay Leno says “shut up!!” when he means to express surprise. The formerly overworked Yada,yada, yada, came from Seinfeld.

  7. Kent says:

    I forgot to add my wife’s least favorite used incessantly by the TV talking heads: “At the end of the day.” Yuck!

  8. Scott says:

    Hearing “No problem” instead of you’re welcome when I say thank you, irks me.

  9. Anthem Al says:

    Getting a good (awesome????) response here. I’ll add my two cents worth. Babytalk from adults: “How you?” or its cutesy partner “anywho” rate a mention here. How about “have a good one?” What’s so taxing about finishing the rest of the sentence?

  10. Night Owl says:

    How about using the word “issues” when what the speaker means are “problems.” Psycho-babble? Passive-aggressive yuppie honesty avoidance? Whatever its roots, its time to dump the idiotic issues.

  11. LEO IN TSN says:

    ALLY – the outrageous betrayal of our historical allies by the obamao administration, and the cozying up to our sworn enemies, supporting and funding their jihadi efforts to destroy US and our real Allies.

    TRAITOR – this betrayal takes place daily while the AZ4 sit mute and passive, counting on the continued ignorance of we, the people.

    To see their betrayal in action, listen to The Lisa Benson Radio Show for National Security, today and every Sunday at 2:00 PM on KKNT 960AM The Patriot.

    Sign up for her news letter, the one that the AZ4 don’t want you to see, at Read the truth about obamao’s new allies. Get a look at what obamao has in store for US.

    INVESTMENT – since when has tax increases been turned into “investments” by a rogue government that steals money from American citizens? Once again, the AZ4 goes along with this lunacy while we pay the bill.

    God bless America.

    • Clementine says:

      “Awesome” list, LEO.
      Just kidding. Your list is excellent. The “awesome” was just me acting up! Miner’s daughters can sometimes be unruly!!