Poll: Adults Say ‘Whatever’ Is So Totally Annoying

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -

When it comes to phrases that annoy, it looks like it’s “whatever” forever.

Pollsters at Marist College found that 38 percent of Americans considered “whatever” to be the most annoying word or phrase in conversation for a fifth straight year. In last year’s survey, only 32 percent thought “whatever” was the most abrasive.

That is followed by “like” at 22 percent and “you know” at 18 percent. Bringing up the rear were “just sayin,’” and “obviously.”

Looking ahead to 2014, more than four in 10 do not want to hear the term “Obamacare,” 30 percent would prefer not to hear “shutdown” while 11 percent would like “gridlock” left out of the vernacular.