Americans Agree Again On Most Annoying Word

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For the fourth consecutive year, Americans consider “whatever” to be the most annoying word or phrase, a national Marist College poll today found.

Thirty-two percent of Americans said “whatever” is most annoying, while “like” angered 21 percent of U.S. residents the most, the poll from the Poughkeepsie-based polling institute found. “You know” — a favorite of Caroline Kennedy during her exploratory bid for U.S. Senate in 2008 — ranked third.

“Whatever” really must get on people’s nerves. It’s been far and away the most annoying word, Marist has found over the years.

The Marist poll surveyed 1,246 adults from Dec. 4-6. It had a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

In other questions, Americans thought the London Olympics last summer produced the biggest sports stories of the year. Twenty-eight percent considered Michael Phelps breaking the Olympic medal record in swimming to be the biggest accomplishment.

As for the coming year, 40% said they are planning New Year’s resolutions, but a majority said they are not.

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