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Most annoying words of 2011

According to an annual survey, the word or phrase considered to be the most annoying in casual conversation is...'whatever'. Hmmm... whatever, check out the others which are equally irritating.

books Updated: Dec 17, 2011 06:20 IST

Do you want to kill a conversation? Try saying "whatever."

Words like "you know" and "like" might be irritating to hear, but for the third year in a row, it's "whatever" that holds the most power to annoy, according to an annual survey by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

Nearly four in ten adults named "whatever" as the most annoying verbal filler in casual conversation, while one in five adults had similar disdain for "like" and 'you know."

"Just sayin'" and "seriously" were more forgiving to the ears, though still quite irritating, Marist found.