Do you want to kill a conversation? Try saying "whatever".
Words like "you know" and "like" might be irritating to hear, but for the third year in a row, it's "whatever" that holds the most power to annoy, according to an annual survey by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
Nearly four in 10 adults named "whatever" as the most annoying verbal filler in casual conversation, while one in five adults had similar disdain for "like" and "you know." "Just sayin' " and "seriously" were more forgiving to the ears, though still quite irritating, Marist found.
近40%的受访者将随便（Whatever）选作日常谈话中最讨人厌的敷衍之词。另外有20%的民众对比如（Like）和你懂的（You know）也有同样地厌恶情绪。调查还显示，尽管随便说说（Just sayin）和说真的（Seriously）这两种表达让人听了也很窝火，但至少还可接受。
The telephone survey of 1,026 adults nationally had a margin of error of three percentage points.