SURVEY SAYS: The Most Annoying Word or Phrase

Recently we covered a poll that found “whatever” to be the most annoying word for Americans.

By Rebecca Moore | January 23, 2017
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Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “What word or phrase do you find MOST annoying?”

Among the list provided, “like” garnered the most responses, at 20.6%. This was followed by “It is what it is,” and “No offense, but,” with 9.5% of responses each. “I know right,” was selected by 7.94% of responding readers, while 3.2% each selected “Whatever,” “It’s all good,” and “I can’t even.” Nearly 2% chose “No worries.”

However, 41.3% of readers entered their own responses. Those included:

  • Will do
  • seriously....really
  • To be honest with you . . . .
  • "at the end of the day" (added by multiple readers)
  • Welcome to my world
  • Not a problem.
  • Annoying
  • Awesome
  • Make America Great Again
  • Reach out
  • So
  • What it is, is......(not to be confused with "It is what it is")
  • "Look" when used by a politician.
  • You know
  • you know what I mean?
  • I know a lot about...
  • Dahhhhhh........
  • No problem (added by more than one reader)
  • melty and sammy
  • Do you need help with that?
  • I don't care
  • hashtag #!

In comments left by readers, many explained their pick, and even more suggestions for annoying words or phrases were offered. A couple noted that the proper response to “Thank you” is “You’re welcome,” and not “No problem.” Editor’s Choice is a tie this week between the reader who said, “Like, at the end of the day, I can't even wrap my head around this low hanging fruit but we can move the needle to maximize the net equation. It is what it is, and it's all good,” and the reader who said, “After reading your list, I realized that I use several of these words. Who knew I was so annoying?!” 

Thank you to all who participated in the survey!