‘Whatever’ is the most annoying word in the English language: fact
THE most annoying word in the English language is “whatever”. It isn’t. It’s “no”, followed by “can’t”. But the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion has conducted a survey . Whatever came out on top.
The results are:
Whatever – 38%
Like – 20%
You know- 19%
Just sayin’ – 11%
Seriously – 7%
Jay Heinrich describes like as:
Figure of Speech: dialogismus (die uh log IS muss), the one-person dialogue.
The dialogismus, in which the speaker uses other people’s voices or recreates a conversation, may be the teenager’s very favorite figure of speech. The substitution of “like” for “said” serves as a disclaimer: “The following quotation is an approximation, and only an approximation, of the dialogue that actually took place.”
And you thought “like” was just, you know, annoying.