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If you've ever found it irritating when someone dismisses you with "whatever," you're not alone. A new Marist Poll reveals "whatever" has been judged by Americans as the most annoying word in the English language, a title it first claimed in 2009.
According to the survey, 39 percent of Americans hate "whatever," while "like" -- often used irritatingly as a filler in place of "um" in younger speakers -- was deemed, like, the most irritating word by 28 percent.
Rappers and athletes beware: another common filler, "You know what I mean," was third on the list, with 15 percent of folks surveyed finding it grating. And honestly, Marist says, "To tell you the truth,' was loathed by 10 percent of Americans.