America’s Most Annoying Phrase

A recent poll asked Americans what the most annoying phrase they’ve heard is, and 47% of respondents answered “whatever”. It is believed that this is the actual phrase they found annoying, and not just a dismissive response to the question.
Other candidates for most irritating phrases: "you know" netted 25 percent of the vote; "it is what it is" got 11 percent; "anyway" got 7 percent; and "at the end of the day" ended the day with 2 percent.

Some geographic tendencies also emerged. "Whatever," for example, is more loathed in the Midwest - where it annoys 55 percent of respondents - than it is in the Northeast, where it bothers 35 percent.

Link -via Simply Left Behind

(image credit: Flickr user Shiny Things)

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My friend, who teaches middle school, cannot convince many of his kids that "fidna" is not a word.

"I'm fidna leave." "I'm fidna go get some lunch."

He asks, "You mean you're 'fixing to'?"

"No," they respond, "fidna!"

They even write it that way. True story.
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