What’s the Most Annoying Phrase You Hear?

Annoying Phrases

       A couple of years ago I wrote about the results of a Marist College poll of the most annoying conversational word or phrase – which are really nonwords – to about 1,000 US residents.  Then just the other day I saw the 2013 results of the same poll.  Here’s how they compare:



Whatever – 38%

Whatever – 38%

Like – 20%

Like – 22%

You know – 19%

You know – 18%

Just sayin – 11%

Just sayin – 14%

Seriously – 7%

Obviously – 6%

Then I saw a list of most annoying words and phrases from Reader’s Digest.  Among that list were:

Fairly unique

Then it’s not really unique!

I personally

Is ‘”I” ever not personal?

At this moment in time

As opposed to this moment in space?


That was annoying to me 20 years ago!

Shouldn’t of

Just plain incorrect English.

Is there a word or phrase that really gets to you?  If so, please share it in a comment…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer




My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (coming soon!)

Nathan Hale


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