According to a recent national Marist Poll, many Americans can’t stand the word “whatever.”
Forty-seven percent of those polled found the word to be the most, like, annoying. “You know” is second, at 25 percent, and “it is what it is” comes in third at 11 percent. Other words or phrases that are like, whatever, include, “anyway” and “at the end of the day.”
The interesting part is how the poll, like, broke things down. Since it’s the most hated, we’ll just look at “whatever.” If you, like, look at things by region, the Midwest is the least tolerant of the word, with the South close behind.
People who make more than $100,000 a year are a bit miffed about the word (43 percent), but more tolerant than those making between $50,000 and $99,000 (51 percent. At the end of the day, people making less than $50,000 came in somewhere around the middle, and were like, anyway, at 48 percent.
Non-college graduates seemed to feel, like, disrespected or something, because half of them didn’t like the word. College graduates were, you know, just like, it is what it is.
If you look at the poll responses by race, 56 percent of Latinos surveyed were, like totally cheesed by the word, followed by 49 pecent of blacks and 45 percent of whites.
Younger folks (52 percent), those under the age of 45 and not like, total geezers, didn’t like it, while 44 percent of the wrinkled set were, you know, not OK with it.
When broken down by gender, the sexes were, at the end of the day, tied. Forty-seven percent of all men and all women surveyed disliked the word.
I would have thought there were other words and phrases that are like, so annoying.
For example, “like.” It’s used about every two words by folks young and old. It’s just about like, worn out.
And then there’s the phrase that just makes my skin crawl... “Know what I’m sayin’?” Only it’s usually pronounced more incoherently like this, “Nawumsayin?”
At the end of the day, we could all weigh in on this one.
It is what it is.