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Battle of the Annoying Words: Who Wins?

There's a battle brewing for the title of Most Annoying Word.

According to CNN, "absolutely" is overused, and thus, absolutely obnoxious. But some people have decided to get all scientific in their quest to find out which word should be crowned the most annoying. Following their nationwide poll, Marist has declared that "whatever" is officially the most annoying word. Forty-seven percent of Americans cannot stand the word. Cher from Clueless would be like totally bummed!

Which word gets under your skin more: "whatever" or "absolutely." Write-in votes are welcome in the comments.

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ali321 ali321 7 years
AMP AMP 7 years
"totally" ugh!
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
i think i hate shut up the most
michlny michlny 7 years
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Like. Correct (instead of saying yes). And on occasion Totally grates my nerves. I love saying Fail though, but only when necessary.
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 7 years
I chose whatever, because I dislike how dismissive it is in an argument. Literally is also extremely agitating. I must confess I have used obvi, and abbreviations in general (a phase my freshman year roommate and I went through that stuck for 5 years now) But the grammar that causes me the most anxiety is when people do not use words correctly. I cannot give an example right now (it's a little early), but it hurts my soul when they do.
vanitypot vanitypot 7 years
i choose 'like'.. i swear it annoys me to hell :( i have acquaintances who moved abroad when they were little and when they came back home, they couldn't stop using that word in every sentence! it kills me just listening to it! D:
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I chose "whatever" but I agree CaterpillarGirl, literally is so annoying. "I was literally so mad" Umm, as opposed to what, being figuratively so mad?
merie33 merie33 7 years
I voted whatever, but if I could nominate any word, I'd have to say fierce. As in, "that eyeliner is fierce!" "wow, she looks fierce with that new haircut!" "fall fashion is fierce this year!" Ugh. It irritates me SO much!
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
I voted for whatever, but what I really hate is when my boyfriend and I are arguing and he says "whatever yo". The yo attached at the end makes it way more annoying. He's the farthest thing from gangsta, so I don't know why he says it. It gets under my skin so bad.
themodus themodus 7 years
I can't stand it whenever someone says "it is what it is." It's a completely useless statement, simply substituting nonsense with what could have been an actual idea of one's own. It doesn't have any relevant or helpful meaning at all. IT IS WHAT IT IS. ....OKAY. Thanks a lot. You've really cleared things up for me. This whole time I was under the impression that it was what it isn't.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
LOL, how in the world did I spell wor(d) as wor(k) and twice in one paragraph. Now that's annoying, lol.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I hardly ever hear absolutely maybe it's a regional thing. My most annoying work is (LIKE). I swear that work drives me nuts. It either is or it isn't it's not (LIKE).
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I voted for "Whatever". But, can I please nominate fail? If I hear another one of my students use it in an improper way, I'll scream.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Loathe "whatever" is so rude and dismissive.
nancita nancita 7 years
I have to agree on the "literally." Its misuse literally breaks my heart.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
My son is going through this everything is ACTUALLY stage. So that is a word I need a long break from.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 7 years
Ahhh. Touche, Briandiesel! I'm sure Cher drops a few "whatevs" from time to time. ;)
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
Ambuler was the one with the W whatever thing. Cher was totally into the "As If"
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I use clearly a lot. But usually for comedy. Whatever is definitely much more annoying
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 7 years
what about obviously? that one get me.
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