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The Most Annoying Word Of 2013 Is …

Most annoying word of 2013 is whatever

The most annoying word of 2013 in casual conversation is “whatever” according to the Marist College annual poll.

“Whatever” has now grabbed top honors (38 percent of those surveyed) for the fifth consecutive year. The staying power of “whatever” could be because it seems like a very dismissive if not rude way to end a discussion. “Whatever” may have entered the popular culture after the 1995 comedy film Clueless.

The runner-up in the national landline and cell phone poll of about 1,000 American adults conducted in early December was “like” (22 percent), followed by “you know” (18 percent), “just saying” (14 percent) and “obviously” (6 percent). Two percent couldn’t make up their minds about what word they despised the most that pops up in conversation.

Other annoying/overused words that may come to your mind include “absolutely” (instead of just saying “yes”), “amazing,” “basically,” “honestly” and perhaps “awesome.”

Looking ahead to 2014, Americans would like to see the word “Obamacare” disappear the most.

While on the subject of annoying conversational techniques, it seems like a good time to renew a call for a ban on “uptalk” (officially known to linguists as “high rising terminal”). This is the very annoying tendency for a speaker to end a declarative sentence as if it is a question. In other words, finishing a statement with an imaginary question mark. This way of talking apparently started with the “Valley Girls,” but has spread across the country and all demographic groups like a virus.

Broadening the discussion to annoying and or overused phrases, do any of these that have entered the everyday lexicon get on your nerves?

  • “to be honest with you”
  • “no problem” (instead of “you’re welcome”)
  • “throwing [someone] under the bus”
  • “It is what it is”
  • “step up your/my game”
  • “I mean” [used at beginning of sentence]
  • “at the end of the day”
  • “singing Kumbaya”

What annoying words or phrases “grind your gears” the most?

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6 Responses to “The Most Annoying Word Of 2013 Is …”

  1. Sue Zimmerman Wroblewski

    I HATE when someone says "know what I'm saying?" after every thought…..had a 7th Grader say that all the time and one day after he said that I said, "Yep, you are speaking English right?" He looked at me very confused, so I said, "You asked me if I knew what you were saying and I just said I did because you are speaking English and that's the language I speak."

  2. Sylvia L. Dugan

    I am being driven by the people on radio and TV who use the word "so" inappropriately. They can't seem to begin a sentence without saying, "So the Pope visited a sick man"; "So the rain washed away the bridge"; So…., so…. All not being needed at all. Start counting how many times in one report you hear the word "so" used. It's mind boggling.

  3. Richard Nicoletti

    Teenagers seemed to enjoy interjected the word "like" into their conversations. "He's like a nice guy". Something else that irritates the heck out of me is improper use of verbs. "He should have ran" instead of he should have run. Also, "We've did a good job". Instead of "We've done a good job." I hear those all the time and sometimes by TV commentators. Sad.

  4. Gloria Fischer

    Seen!!!!!! YOU DID NOT "SEEN THE GUY COMING TOWARDS YOU" You SAW him. You witness an accident……"We seen it all happen"……NO you did NOT… SAW it all happen! Good grief people. I hear it on television every single day. Do you have any idea how ignorant you sound? It doesn't matter what you are telling the world about, or how important your "testimony" may be, once you scramble the present…I SEE….with the past….I SAW….with the more distant past………….I HAD SEEN…….everything else you say just sounds like blah, blah, blah to me.

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