/ 20 December 2010

“Whatever” voted most irritating word in poll

Whatever you think about using grating words, at the end of the day it’s actually better not to say whatever, if you know what I mean.

For the second consecutive year “whatever’ topped a Marist poll as the most annoying word or phrase in the English language.

Of 1 020 Americans questioned in the survey, nearly 39% considered it the most irritating word. The word “like” came in second with 28%, while the phrase “you know what I mean” came in at 15%.

The phrase “to tell you the truth” and “actually” were also unnerving, but for younger Americans — between the ages of 18 to 29 — “like” was the word that irked them most. — Reuters and M&G reporter