POUGHKEEPSIE, new york – A poll has shown that the most annoying word or phrase used in informal conversation in America is “what.”
The Marist College poll released Wednesday gives the word irritates 38 percent of Americans.
The interviewers will be offered up to five choices for most annoying word or phrase: “What,” “No offense, but,” “you know, right,” “I can’t even” and “large.”
“No offense, but” is second with 20 percent. In the third place is, “You know, right,” that it is annoying to 14 percent of the people, tied with “I can’t even.” “Huge” grates on the nerves of 8 percent.
“What” is the loss of the steam, though. Last year at the top of the list at 43 percent.
Age plays a role. Among Americans under 30, “I can’t even” take the top honors.
The Dec. 1-9 survey of 1,005 adults has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.