Come December, we’re always eager to find out what the word of the year is (last year, it wasn’t a word at all, but rather the “face with tears of joy” emoji). But this year, we were more amused by the most annoying word of the year, named by the Marist Poll, a survey research center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
On Wednesday, December 21, the Marist Poll named “whatever” the most annoying word or phrase used in casual conversation for the eighth year in a row. That’s right—no other word or phrase has been able to top the word “whatever” for almost a decade. The word bothers 38 percent of Americans (compared to 43 percent in 2015), and is particularly irksome to Americans 45 years or older. Younger Americans aren’t as bothered by the word—that generation actually named “I can’t even” as the most annoying word or phrase.
The survey of 1,005 adults was conducted December 1 through December 9, 2016. “No offense,” took runner up with 20 percent, followed by “You know, right” and “I can’t even,” which tied at 14 percent. “Huge” was named as the fifth most annoying word, with 8 percent finding it bothersome.
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