"Whatever" is, Like, the Most Annoying Word

Recent survey finds the most annoying words and phrases

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    NEWSLETTERS

    You know, at the end of the day, it is what it is. I’m all 'Whatever' anyway.

    If that opening line was as painful for you to read as it was for us to write, you're not alone.

    Forty-seven percent of U.S. adults say "whatever" is the most annoying word in the English language, according to a poll that surveyed over 900 U.S. adults by phone.

    "Whatever," as annoying it may be, has stood the test of time, being a part of everyday conversation for well over a decade. The term was popularized by the film Clueless in 1995, but it had been used by apathetic youth long before that.

    Hi, Kurt Cobain.

    The expression also crosses all boundaries and is equally annoying to people everywhere. While some regions had more tolerance than others—55 percent of Midwesterners hate the term versus 35 percent of Northeasterners—the poll found "whatever" to be disliked by all Americans consistently, regardless of race, gender, age, or income.

    The phrase "you know" came in second. "It is what it is," "anyway," and "at the end of the day" completed the top five.

    But whatever. Irregardless, I personally have to remain true to myself and, with all due respect, I have to keep it real and use the words I want. I'm just sayin'.

    Matt Bartosik, a "between blogs" blogger, has a lot on his plate right now and will touch base with you later.