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The word 'whatever' literally irritating

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"Whatever."

This ultimate statement of apathy -- popularized by Kurt Cobain in the lyrics of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" -- has been identified by Americans as the most irritating word in the English language.

According to the Marist College poll, which was released last week, the slacker term was found "most annoying in conversation" by 47 percent of Americans surveyed.

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