Lingual pet peeves

There are no surprises in Marist‘s annual list of Americans’ least favourite words. Whatever has been named the most annoying word used in conversation, for the fourth consecutive year. Like, you know, and just saying were also named as irritating, as was Twitterverse.

Words and phrases tend to become annoying for us when overused or misused. For example, “going forwards” is a phrase I particularly detest, as a former colleague managed to get it into every conversation going. “Literally” is an example I think almost everyone must have heard.

Do you have a word you can’t stand to hear? Share it with us!