reports that a telephone survey was recently conducted by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. Participants in the survey were given the choice of five different words from which to choose what they believed was the most annoying. The survey polled 1,026 adults.
According to the Daily Mail
, "whatever" gained 38 percent of the votes, which is a one percent drop from last year. In 2009, the word received 49 percent of the votes.
The word "like" came in a distant 2nd place with 20 percent of the votes, followed by the term "you know" with 19 percent. The term "just sayin'" received 11 percent, and "seriously" came in last place with 7 percent.
In 2008, Oxford researchers came up with their own list
of annoying words and phrases commonly used in the English language. Sayings like "at the end of the day" and "24/7" were included on their list.