In a recent poll, nearly 50 percent of adults questioned agreed that "whatever" is the most annoying word in American English.

"Whatever" beat out "anyway" and "you know" as the word that grates on our nerves more than any other, presumably for its use as a dismissive phrase by people with lousy vocabularies who don't know how to form an argument. The poll questioned 938 adults and found that "whatever" was the most annoying word across all income brackets, age groups, regions of the country, educational levels, and among both sexes, giving it a magical power that unites people and makes them furiously grind their teeth at the same time.

We know what you're thinking -- "toodles" and "hubby" weren't options? Somebody should look into this "research." Or not. Whatever.