The annual poll, conducted by Marist, asked Americans to name their least favourite vocabulary.
'Whatever' came top for the fourth consecutive year, beating the likes of 'like' and 'you know'.
'Just sayin'' and 'Twitterverse' also ranked highly on the list.
Author of The Horologicon Mark Forsyth suggested: "Saying 'whatever' is just a much more concise way of saying, 'I haven't listened to what you said. I don't value your opinion, and I'm incapable of taking on the facts you told me'.
"In that sense, it's a very concise word - just a rude one."
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