WHATEVER-250x250Once again the good folks at Marist College Institute of Public Opinion have polled Americans about word usage and found that ‘whatever’ has been named the most annoying word—once again!

This particular word has been dubbed the most annoying in casual conversation for six years in a row in the Marist Poll. More people are finding it irksome – 43 percent – compared to 38 percent in 2013 and 32 percent in 2012.

Here are a few more tidbits from the Marist Poll:

  • Americans younger than 30 are the least likely to be perturbed by hearing ‘whatever.’
  • ‘Selfie’ earned the dubious distinction of being the most overused word in 2014.
  • 27 percent of those polled say ‘hashtag is the most worn-out word.

Find out more about annoying words and dubious distinctions at the Marist Poll website.