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Whatever

01/28/2014 

For five years, pollsters at the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion have asked adults about the words and phrases they find most annoying in conversation. This year, for the fifth time, “whatever” topped the list at 38 percent. Next in line was “like” (22 percent), “you know” (18 percent), and “just saying” (14 percent). Fewer than 10 percent chose “obviously.” As for words Americans would like to eliminate next year, “Obamacare” was at the top of the list (41 percent) followed by “shutdown” (30 percent).

 
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