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Being Annoying Is Now Legal in Grand Rapids

City dumps old law against jerks

(Newser) - A new vacation spot for America's most irritating people? After a 38-year ban, it's now OK to be annoying in Grand Rapids, Mich. On the advice of the city attorney, the city has decided to ax an old statute that says "no person shall willfully annoy another... More »

17 Words That Must Go Away

Stop saying 'adorkable,' please: Julie Gerstein

(Newser) - If the newly popular phrase "adorkable" makes you cringe (thanks, Zooey Deschanel), you're not alone. It tops Julie Gerstein's list on The Frisky of 17 words and phrases that need to be retired as we head into 2012:
  • Redonkulous: Use the actual word—ridiculous—because "redonkulous
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Science Nails Most Irritating Sound: Whining

It's more distracting than a baby crying or even a table saw

(Newser) - If the sound of a child whining makes you want to claw out your own eardrums, don’t worry: Science backs you up. A new study shows whining is, in fact, the most annoying sound to adults—even worse than a baby crying, a table saw, and “motherese” baby... More »

Guess the Most Annoying Word. Ever.

'Whatever' is worst; 'like' also highly irritating

(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... More »

Most Annoying Facebook Habits

(Newser) - Facebook's got something to annoy everyone, it seems, and Brandon Griggs runs down the most annoying characteristics of Facebookers for CNN. A sampling:
  • The Compulsive Poster: "Just because you have 432 Facebook friends doesn't mean we all want to know when you're waiting for the bus."
  • "The
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