'Whatever' Voted Most Annoying Word

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    Oct. 7) -- So, you know, it is what it is, but Americans are totally annoyed by the use of "whatever" in conversations.

    The popular slacker term of indifference was found "most annoying in conversation" by 47 percent of Americans surveyed in a Marist College poll released Wednesday.
    "Whatever" easily beat out "you know," which especially grated a quarter of respondents. The other annoying contenders were "anyway" (at 7 percent), "it is what it is" (11 percent) and "at the end of the day" (2 percent).

    "Whatever" — pronounced "WHAT'-ehv-errr" when exasperated — is an expression with staying power. Immortalized in song by Nirvana ("oh well, whatever, nevermind") in 1991, popularized by the Valley girls in "Clueless" later that decade, it is still commonly used, often by younger people.

    It can be an all-purpose argument-ender or a signal of apathy. And it can really be annoying. The poll found "whatever" to be consistently disliked by Americans regardless of their race, gender, age, income or where they live.
    "It doesn't surprise me because 'whatever' is in a special class, probably," said Michael Adams, author of "Slang: The People's Poetry" and an associate professor of English at Indiana University. "It's a word that — and it depends how a speaker uses it — can suggest dismissiveness."

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    yea, whatever!
     
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    ... people really are slow, 'whatever' is not abuse as much as 'like' is.
     
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    Damn! Beat me to it! :lol:
     
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    It's the polite way of saying, "I don't give a shit."
     
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    My vote for second: anyways. There's no "s". I hear it all the time. Grates the hell out of me.
     
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    The first time one of my teenage sons said "whatever" to me.

    I instantly flushed with anger and almost slapped the crap out of him :evil:
     
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    Whatever.
     
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    That was several years ago :lol:

    But in opinion, when a kid is telling a parent or other adult "whatever".

    He is just saying "F" you :evil:
     
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    Whatever. :lol:
     
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