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Gee, didn’t see that one coming, did ya? That was the result of this year’s Marist poll. And if you remember back to last year, the same word topped the 2009 list as well! Yeah, I can hear what you’re thinking…
I don’t think that there’s another word in the English language that grates on my skin as much as “whatever”. It’s not that it’s a bad word… it’s that when used in the context of a snot-nosed little brat, “whatever” makes me want to pull out what’s left of my hair and scream at the top of my lungs. Yes, there’s a certainly amount of underlying rage that bubbles forth upon hearing “whatever” as the response to pretty much any question or statement. I’m not looking forward to the first time one of my children try to get away with that verbal slap.
Other annoying words that also made this year’s cut are “actually” and “like”. I’m not sure about “actually”, but I understand “like”.
I’d be curious to know what words grate on other people’s nerves.