Guess the Most Annoying Word. Ever. 'Whatever' is worst; 'like' also highly irritating By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Dec 16, 2010 1:16 PM CST Updated Dec 19, 2010 5:42 PM CST 26 comments Comments "Whatever." (Shutterstock) (Newser) – “Whatever” is, like, the most annoying word in the English language, a poll finds—for the second year in a row, notes Reuters. The Marist survey of more than 1,000 Americans found that almost 39% think “whatever” is the most annoying English word or phrase; runners up were “like,” with 28%, and “you know what I mean,” with 15%. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, “like” was considered the most infuriating. People also had gripes about “to tell you the truth” and “actually.” “It's the way they are delivered and inherent in that delivery is a meaning,” said a Marist rep. “"Perhaps these words are introduced through popular culture, for example movies.” The annoyance factor “has a lot to do with how accepted and how popular they become in every day speech."