Poll: The most annoying word of 2011 is …

Marist released its annual poll and found, like, whatever, you know—seriously—we’re just sayin’.


Several dictionaries crowned words of the year in an attempt to capture the Zeitgeist of 2011 in a word or phrase. The honorees have faced scrutiny.

Such scrutiny is probably annoying for those dictionaries—annoying like these words.

Marist announced the results of its annual poll of the most annoying word of the year. For the third straight year, “whatever” took the top honor, with 38 percent of poll respondents saying the word gets on their nerves.

“Like” finished second with 20 percent of the vote, followed closely by “you know,” which grabbed 19 percent. “Just sayin'” was fourth and “seriously” fifth.

To determine the most annoying words, Marist interviewed more than 1,000 people nationwide.

“Whatever” and “like” were Nos. 1 and 2 last year. Rounding out the top five or 2010 were “you know what I mean,” “to tell you the truth,” and “actually.”

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