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