Poll: ‘Whatever’ most annoying word Nearly half (47 percent) of all Americans polled think “whatever” is the most annoying word, according to a Marist report. “You know” placed second in the poll and “it is what it is” came in third. By Ragan StaffJan. 25, 2011 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.