Friday, May 2, 2014

Whatever, Like, You Know, and Just Sayin’ were the four most common annoying words or phrases to U.S. adults for the past three years

Back on December 19, 2013 The Marist Institute of Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, New York released the results of a national survey which asked 1,173 people:

Which one of the following words or phrases do you find most annoying in conversation? 
Just sayin’, Like, Obviously, Whatever, You know, [Unsure]

Results for the most annoying phrase are shown above in a bar chart. (Click on it to see a larger, clearer view). Not obviously, for  2013 they were ranked as follows:

Whatever (38%)
Like (22%)
You know (18%)
Just sayin’ (14%)
Obviously (6%)
[Unsure] 2%)

The same ranking of the top four was found for their surveys done in 2012 and 2011. They also did surveys in 2010 and 2009, and whatever came in first there too. Like also came in second back in 2010.

So, you know, whatever you do, I’m just sayin’ you shouldn’t say like in your speeches. 

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