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'Whatever' wins crown for most annoying conversation stopper words

 
 
Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2011 11:19 am
What words bug you? ---BBB

'Whatever' wins crown for most annoying conversation stopper
December 16, 2011

Clueless, the movie in which the characters were, like, whatever.
You know, just sayin' “whatever” is, like, the most annoying word or phrase in casual English conversation. Seriously.

At least, that’s the finding in the latest Marist Poll released on Friday. “Whatever,” that ubiquitous part of speech, won the contest for the third straight year.

In the race to the bottom of the linguistic heap, "whatever" drew 38% nationally as the most annoying, beating out “like” with 20%; “you know” with 19%; “seriously” with 7%; and “just sayin' ” with 11%.

Though it is hard to believe, 5% of the respondents said they were unsure which was the most annoying formulation, a recognition, perhaps, of the English language’s abundant number of impediments to the verbal exchange of ideas.

It is hard to beat “whatever” in any contest over annoying because the word is so versatile. It can be used as a pronoun, an adjective and an adverb, making it a triple threat in any conversation.

It is also exceptionally flexible in meaning, running the gamut from indifference (whaatever) to disdain (You think what? Whaaaatever!). There is also the icy whaateeevere, signifying, well, whatever.

"Whatever" beats out the other parts of speech in all geographic, demographic and other subcategories, according to the poll.

The South, at 40%, is most annoyed by the term compared with the rest of the country. Baby boomers, at 43%, dislike it more than Gen X, at 37%. And 40% of women are bugged by "whatever," compared with 35% of men.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2011 12:35 pm
I used 'whatever' to respond on a thread probably a year or two back. I was asked by the person to whom it was written why I was being so rude. I did not think of it that way, but I have never used that word since, until now.
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2011 02:48 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
"You could be right" may not be as annoying, but it's at least as good a conversation stopper.
George
 
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Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2011 04:42 pm
@roger,
Hoo yeah.
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chai2
 
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Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2011 05:31 pm
I find "Actually" annoying.

Mr. Dithers can't take your call, actually he's in a meeting.


I saw something on I think SNL where is was explained you use "actually" when you are really seriously telling the truth.

roger
 
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Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2011 06:23 pm
@chai2,
Okay, but I'm sure you've noticed you only use the word 'sure' when you actually aren't sure at all.
LionTamerX
 
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Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2011 06:47 pm
The one that drives me batty here in N.C. is the substitution of whenever for when. As in "whenever I was in the 3rd grade", or "whenever I was at my momma's house last week".
thack45
 
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Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2011 06:51 pm
@LionTamerX,
whew. that's brutal
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chai2
 
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Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2011 09:18 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

Okay, but I'm sure you've noticed you only use the word 'sure' when you actually aren't sure at all.


Do I?

When?
roger
 
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Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2011 09:59 pm
@chai2,
Betcha do.
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 08:22 am
"Get out of here" is a close 2nd to "whatever."

I'm not hearing "whatever" much anymore.

BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 08:24 am
@roger,
I wonder why the British always say "indeed" at the end of their sentences?

BBB
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 08:32 am
Whatever.
BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 08:37 am
@edgarblythe,
Indeed.

BBB
BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 08:37 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Was it good for you, too?

BBB
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 01:19 pm
@PUNKEY,
PUNKEY wrote:
"Get out of here" is a close 2nd to "whatever."

I'm not hearing "whatever" much anymore.
"Get out of here" has seniority of standing,
going back at least to the 1930s or 1940s.
It is a dismissal of foolishness.





David
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 01:34 pm
re David:

Whatever.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 01:51 pm
@MontereyJack,
re: Jack:

It used to be "whatever it is" as I remember.
It got shortened. I liked it better the first way.





David
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chai2
 
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Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 05:04 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

Betcha do.


Bet I don't.

Are you just joking around? I can't tell.
If you're serious, I really don't know.
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