‘Whatever’ Voted Most Annoying Word

Posted By Ben Goulding, 8 October, 2009 | permalink


Quite unsurprisingly, the word ‘whatever’ has been voted the most annoying word in American English.

‘Whatever’ is a very popular conversational blocking tool, which can be spoken in response to a suggestion or comment made by another person to ‘block’ their statement. In other words it’s used to spare a person’s blushes in an argument which they know they can’t win because they’re wrong without admitting it, so the argument can end.

“The impetus of this poll was a casual conversation where we started discussing those words that get on your nerves. You hear them over and over again,” explained Mary Azzoli, director of media for Marist, a US college which conducted the research among 938 adults.

Nearly 50 per cent of people questioned said “whatever” was the word that bothered them the most. It was the most irritating word in all regions of the country, and among both sexes, all age groups, educational levels and income brackets.

“It is used so often in terms of casual conversation. Also, when you think of the meaning behind it, it is often a way to dismiss someone. It is irritating in that regard. It is much more off-putting compared to any of the other statement we asked,” she added.

A quarter of people selected “you know” as the phrase they would like to ban most from the English language. Eleven per cent simply could not tolerate “it is what it is,” while seven per cent found “anyway” irksome.


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Asswass October 8, 2009

It is a really anoying word. Is like ending a conversation because you don’t have a better argument.

Ryan Biddulph October 9, 2009

I’d have to agree. Few things really annoy me but hearing that term makes me cringe. I feel that any informal poll will confirm this.

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