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Annoying Words

Claire Fallon

These Words Are So Overused They've Become 'Totally' Meaningless | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.09.2014 | Home

Every December, publications start coming out with scads of lists. Best books of the year. Worst movies of the year. Most shocking celebrity break-ups...

The Most Annoying Word Ever

Reuters | Posted 02.18.2014 | Home

By Kevin Murphy Dec 19 (Reuters) - Hands down, no word grates on Americans more than "whatever," a public opinion survey says. ...

Seriously Annoying Words, Like 'Fiscal Cliff' and Whatever

Tony Phillips | Posted 03.04.2013 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

The thing about annoying speech is that it comes in more than the adolescent variety. It's easy enough to pick on the youth, because for one thing, they're idiots. But idiocy knows no age.

WATCH: The Most Overused And Abused Word

Zoë Triska | Posted 05.12.2012 | Home
Zoë Triska

Don't you feel like the word 'literally' is literally overused? People just like to throw it in there to give their sentences pizazz. Also, many people don't seem to know the difference between 'literally' and 'figuratively' so let's discuss that now.

Poll Finds 'Whatever' Most Annoying Word, Three Years Running

Reuters | Posted 02.15.2012 | Weird News

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Do you want to kill a conversation? Try saying "whatever." Words like "you know" and "like" might be irritating to...

Can You Make It 24 Hours Without Saying These 3 Words?

GOOD | By Ben Jervey | Posted 08.17.2011 | Home

The other day, I decided to go 24 hours without using the words “awesome” and “amazing.” A few hours later, I upped the ante and added “ridi...

A Compilation Of The Most Irritating Words/Phrases Ever | RACHEL NOLAN | Posted 07.26.2011 | Home

The Times magazine staff enjoyed readers' response to our post about Kurt Andersen's "Words We Don't Say" so much that we posted an unabridged list of...