marist poll says whatever is the most annoying word of the year
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Ok, you disaffected teens, listen up. We all know you’re too cool to care about anything, but frankly, we're sick of having to pretend to be cool around you. We’re tired of raising our hands for a high five only to watch you pull your hand away, run your fingers through your hair, and say that we're "too slow."

And now the tables have turn.

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In a new Marist Poll, “Whatever” was voted as the most annoying word, followed by some other teen favorites, like “no offense, but” and “I can’t even.” What can’t you even? What?!? Please, tell us!

Marist reports: “‘Whatever’ irritates 38% of Americans followed by ‘no offense, but’ with 20%. ‘You know, right’ is irksome to 14% of residents nationally as is ‘I can’t even,’ 14%. “Huge” grates on the nerves of 8% of Americans, and 5% are unsure.”

Take that, teens. But, as it turns out, only olds find “whatever” offensive. 49 percent of Americans over 45 find “whatever offensive.” Then it starts to dip into other offensive youth talk.

“Digging deeper, ‘whatever’ tops the list for those 30 to 44 years old, 33%, Americans 45 to 59 years of age, 48%, and those 60 and older, 49%. Among Americans under 30, ‘I can’t even’ takes top honors with 33%.”

Either way, keep your bad attitude to yourself, teens. And stay off my lawn.

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merriam webster picks surreal as word of the year because of trump france terror election clinton
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There have been a lot of surprising and not so surprising words of the year. Oxford dictionary famously chose “post-truth,” Dictionary.com picked “xenophobia,” and Austria chose “Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung."

Mirriam-Webster, one of the world's most popular dictionaries, has chosen “surreal.” According to the dictionary, “it was looked up significantly more frequently by users in 2016 than it was in previous years, and because there were multiple occasions on which this word was the one clearly driving people to their dictionary.”

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Many would describe the events of the year as pretty surreal, even people that didn’t have a word for it. People not having a word for the crazy events of the year is what led to the spike in "surreal."

“Surreal had three major spikes in interest that were higher in volume and were sustained for longer periods of time than in past years. In March, the word was used in coverage of the Brussels terror attacks. Then, in July, we saw the word spike again: it was used in descriptions of the coup attempt in Turkey and in coverage of the terrorist attack in Nice. Finally, we saw the largest spike in lookups for surreal following the U.S. election in November.”

So there you have it, if you want the word of the year to be “pizza,” we’re all going to have put forth the effort and start looking up “pizza” more often.


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austria picks word of the year and its really long bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung
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Austria has picked their word of the year, reminding us all how smart they are, using big words like that.

Their word of the year is, say it with me, “Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung”

Ok. So unless you speak German, you probably can’t say it, but it has a very specific meaning. It means “postponement of the repeat of the runoff of the presidential election.”

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According to Associated Press, “Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung” was “was born of the record time it took to elect Austria’s president, and was announced following a poll of 10,000 people carried out by the Research Unit for Austrian German at the University of Graz, in cooperation with the Austria Press Agency.”

It really shouldn’t come as much as surprise that the meaning of the word is as confusing as saying the word itself.

It really shouldn’t come as much as surprise that the meaning of the word is as confusing as saying the word itself.

A word like this will have you pining for the days when Dictionary.com named “Xenophobia” Word of the Year. Wait, no it won’t.

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If you're having trouble, the flight attendant's announcement was "The captain cannot take off when we have ice on the wings, and we don't want to die."

Passenger Ella Ryan, posted to Instagram her account of the chaotic travel delays, "This is what happens when you've been delayed almost 8 hours, everyone's at a lost including staff 'we don't want to die' absolute mayhem. All hell was breaking loose when a member of staff made this outrageous announcement."

She also revealed passengers were "continuously receiving inconsistent reasons for the delay" and were only given a £3.50 ($7.20) voucher. You'd think after 8 hours they'd get a full refund.

The discount airline Ryanair responded with only a statement of, "We will be speaking to the crew member involved and apologize for the regrettable comment she made in the heat of the moment".

emoji dictionary words Dictionary First of the Day: Face With Tears of Joy Emoji Has Been Named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2015
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This is the first time that a pictograph has been used as a Word of the Year. According to the Oxford Dictionaries blog, 😂 was the best word they could come up with that captured the "ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015". 

The chart below shows the rise in usage of the 😂 emoji, making it the most used emoji worldwide. 

Oxford English Dictionary adds many new words including awesomesauce, manspreading, mic drop, bitchface,
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As they do from time to time, the people behind the Oxford English Dictionary need to prove to the young people, they're still with it slang-wise. They announced the new addition of many, many words Aug. 27.

It's an exhaustive list, and a varied one. 'Manspreading', 'NBD', 'fangirl', 'hangry', 'brain fart', 'b*tch face', 'bruh', 'butthurt', 'fur baby', 'MacGyver, 'mkay', 'rando', 'swole' and just so many others.

And they give a good effort towards explanation in their introductory blog post, without giving a simplified list. That frustrated me.

The mic drop in question can be a literal 'instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one's microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive', but it's more likely to be figurative – or an exclamation to emphasize a particularly impressive point: Nuff said. Mic drop.

If you want to describe something as excellent, you can use awesomesauce; on the other side of the coin, anything of a poor or disappointing standard is weak sauce. Weak sauce came first, and has a more comprehensible origin as a metaphor; an inadequate sauce would certainly let down an otherwise decent meal. Though awesomesauce clearly comes from the words awesome and sauce, the former is currently beating the latter in the Oxford English Corpus and Oxford Twitter Corpus.

The breadth of the words that have been added are actually pretty huge. Some are very contemporary, like the inclusion of 'Mx." as an ungendered alternative to Mr. or Ms. and even the addition of 'cat café' is something representative of a relatively recent eatery trend.

But there are other new words that seem woefully old. Like, they added 'pwn', 'pwned' and 'pwnage'. First, if the OED is so proud of its timeliness, those words should have been in there about a decade ago. Second, probably because no one's used those terms since then.

They also included 'butt dial'. Cell phones have been near ubiquitous for 15 years and so have butt dials. It's crazy to think they hadn't added that yet. The same goes for the new inclusion of 'beer-o-clock', 'manic pixie dream girl' and even 'redditor'.

So, go read the blog post and rest easy that most of the words you and your friends stopped using last year are now officially a part of the Oxford English Dictionary.