You know how you find certain words seriously annoying? Like whatever.


86 Responses to “You know how you find certain words seriously annoying? Like whatever.”

  1. samari711 says:

    I am literally exploding with excitement over this list.

  2. Thomas Schmidt says:

    2 others on my list.  “Literally” & Anything-Gate.

  3. Jean Baptiste says:

    I’m amazed that the word “actually” isn’t listed.  At least, I couldn’t find it.  Some folks use “actually” in every sentence, or multiple times in every few sentences.  Or maybe it just seems like it.  Whew.

  4. Boomer says:

    Being a senior living in the hill country of Texas that would be “howsomever” but my most hated word is “entitlement” for a retirement program I paid into for fifty years. Entitlement my ass!

  5. Tchoutoye says:

    My pet hate word is “social”, in the context of anything media-related.

  6. Paul Renault says:

    Like “like”?

  7. Selena60 says:

    That list is like, awesome. (awesome is my pet hate)

  8. Jellodyne says:

    Hey, I like ‘Gotcha’! What’s wrong with gotcha? Is it overused in some circles I’m not familiar with?

  9. gothevole says:

    At the end of the day, amazing.

    • Funk Daddy says:

      ‘At the end of the day’ makes me stabby or it would if I were not so diligently non-stabby in my relationships.

      The CBC has a form letter that must be signed by all persons being broadcast on CBC Radio requiring them to work “At the end of the day” at least once in any broadcast instance they wish to be a part of. 

      If I knew who makes them do that I might be slightly less diligent in their presence

  10. I despise the user of ‘super’ as a superlative, although fortunately that seems to be dropping off lately.

  11. “Game changer” is especially irksome; but my #1 word/phrase peeve of 2012 would remain It Is What It Is.

  12. signsofrain says:

    Mega-this, mega-that. Seriously kim dotcom, shut up. Also ‘convergence’ and ‘singularity’ – Also doomsday, zombie, ninja, robot and pirate. 

  13. CLamb says:

    I find use of “impact” as a synonym for “affect” especially annoying.

  14. xian says:

    Not sure if these qualify as words, but ‘meh’ and ‘ftw’ drive me crazy.

  15. mikesum32 says:

    No worries until shit gets real; ignore this kerfuffle. It is what it is. 

  16. Sekino says:

    Overused words don’t bug me that much. The ones that irk me big time are:

    Definately. I see it spelled this way more often than the proper way. What’s the problem with that goddamn word?

    Agitprop. I don’t encounter it much but I find it fugly to the eye and ear every time I do. When your portmanteau ends up that awkward, just make up a new word.

  17. Aaron Jones says:

    “is what it is” is the worst.   Also do not like everything being “AMAZING” and everyone being a genius

  18. IronEdithKidd says:


  19. Damien says:

    It seems to be the done thing these days when people are talking, that they begin a statement with “So”.

    It doesn’t make them sound like a genius. The words they follow-up with are no great revelation, or a secret of the universe. Prefixing a sentence with a dramatic “So,” doesn’t add emotional or logical weight to the rest of the sentence. It doesn’t magically make the statement self-evident. It’s semantically empty.
    They’ve opened their mouth without thinking about what they’re about to say, and vocalised nothing more than the mental equivalent of clearing their throat.
    Starting a sentence with “So,” just makes you sound stupid.

    • Lemoutan says:

      To me, it just sounds rude. It’s as if the interviewee were impatiently waiting for the interviewer to stop rabbiting-on, wasting their valuable talking-time, and let them say what they came to say.
      It’s not as if they’re completely ignoring the questioner. But it does feel like the interviewee would rather the interviewer just wasn’t there. As if they’re thinking “Well we all know why you’ve invited me and we all know what questions you’re going to ask, and we all know I’ll be edited if you don’t like what I say, so we don’t really need you here at all do we?”

  20. artbyjcm says:

    (Disclaimer, this probably only applies to the US) My most hated, incredibly over-used word isn’t a real word. I even see people spell it the way they say it “Nuculer” and “Nuculear” which is supposed to be Nuclear. Ever since Bush said it wrong (New-que-ler), I’ve noticed everyone says it that way, even people that hated him. People without southern accents. Kids born after he said it.

    It bother the crap out of me. People say “Whatever” when I correct them, but the word doesn’t look like what they’re saying!

  21. oldtaku says:

    I’m sure nobody has a problem with ‘What should I get?’ ‘Whatever you’d like!’. It’s got to be the dismissive ‘what-EV-ur’ which only the truly self-entitled can properly manage.

    Of course you can vary the emphasis and the pronunciation to properly express the depth and fine nuances of your contempt. ‘What should I get?’  ‘WHUT-ev-ah Maaaahm. GAWD.’

    And of course there’s the sullen monotone ‘whatever’ which still manages to convey the ennui of the universe when the embroidered version might get your video game or shopping privileges revoked.

    Or the conversational: ‘He said that?’ ‘YES! And so I was like… what-EVER.’

    So versatile.

  22. I rebel when I see these in print: “must-have” must-see” “must-do.” 

  23. rattypilgrim says:

    “Clearly”. Especially when used by Newt Gingrich to add a professorial ring to his otherwise low-brow “big ideas”.

  24. RJ says:

    Every time someone uses the word “epic” to describe anything, they should be immediately bitch-slapped hard enough to bloody their nose. An epic is a type of story, not a car or a girl’s boobs or whatever cheese-like fluid you’re dipping pressed sawdust chips in. If that’s your definition of “epic,” then the back of the shampoo bottle must really quicken your pulse, you smooth-brained waste of resources.

    A similar punishment should await anyone who begins a statement with “um”; “yeah”; or “so.” An inappropriate “yes” should earn punishment, too. If a clerk or waiter says, “Welcome to Shrieking Ronnie’s Burgers, how can I help you?” Do not begin your response with, “Yes.” The clerk did not ask IF they can help you; they asked HOW they can help you. If you can’t even handle ordering your grease shake and fried fritters, you’re just one bong hit away from growing gills and returning to the sea. So please, smoke some weed and get out of the way.

    Incidentally, the only people who are annoyed by “whatever” are the ones blithering some sort of nonsense and expecting others to care. “Whatever” is your clue to shut up and find something else to do.

  25. “Passed away” or “passed” for “died”. It’s not “gentler”, it’s low-class and stupid.

  26. For one, I despise the (non)word “functionality”. What is the #%%$&! is difference between functionality and function? Can someone explain why this word even exists??

    • chenille says:

      Functionality is a quality. So something can have a high degree of functionality, while a high degree of function is a little bit off. It’s too often used where function is meant, but it is its own word.

      (And for the record, I started that sentence with “so” because that’s the dialect ’round here, and I don’t really want to talk to crazy prescriptivists who’ll judge me for it in the first place.)

  27. thatbob says:

    “Legendary,” when used by a fawning media to describe somebody – usually a performing artist – who is, in fact, only real.

    I will happily give a pass if the person is commonly known to be the subject of legends.  So “the legendary actor Richard Gere,” sure fine.  “The legendary actor Bigfoot,” yes, obviously.

    “The legendary actor Tom Hanks,” probably not.

    (Sorry, Tom Hanks.)

  28. Ms J says:

     The phrase “Being that…” is the worst.  Not only is it a waste of time, but it makes the speaker sound like a pompous fool.  When was the word “since” removed from everyday speech?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I find the use of ‘since’ in a non-temporal context somewhat distasteful. ‘Whereas’ is an appropriate choice.

  29. thatbob says:

    I don’t dislike “Just sayin’.”  But I think it’s a really poor substitute for the longer variant, “I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’,” which I adore, because of the rich way that it invites you to fill in its blanks.

    For example:  “Honey, that’s your second piece of pie.  I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.”Oh, the things that (s)he is *not* saying to her/his honey in a sentence like that!

  30. $19428857 says:

    Swag. LOL. ZOMG. Gay, not in reference to homosexuality. Lady parts. Totes. Hella. Man up. Social, as in social marketing. Zombie. Pirate. Junk, as a synonym for genitals. Douche. Mansplaining. Hater. Hack(ing). Old school. Know what I’m sayin’?

  31. foxtails says:


    • Ben Burger says:

      I can’t stand it when people put periods after every word in a sentence, which seems to becoming a trend.
      ‘Hey I put periods everywhere so you can’t argue with my statement.’

      They’re right god dammit!

  32. tim says:

    Drizzle, panty and orientate.

  33. I absolutely loathe the word “webinar”. It’s an ugly word, it conjures a soul-sucking waste of time, and captures pretty much everything that’s gone wrong with the internet.

  34. Ladyfingers says:

    I think the main thing we can deduce from this list is that it’s better for Americans not to use any slang.

    Incidentally, writers on the Gawker network seem to think it’s, like, super adorbs to totes be ironic with the langizzle to wash their hands of the paucity of diligence when presenting click-bait. Don’t think you’re funny when you do this, internet writers.

    Also, stop saying “I know, right?”

  35. ludd says:

    I blame it on the parents.

  36. Rich Bowen says:

    And another year of being the single lonely soul railing against “crispy.”

  37. zotlerg says:

    What a bunch of slubberdegullions!
    ; )

  38. aarontheman says:

     I know, right?! I really hate that one.
    Right up there with John Boehner’s ‘uh’ pauses.

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