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'Twitterverse' and 'Like' voted among 2012's most annoying words

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 Is there, like, an epic phrase or whatever that drives you totally cray? (iStock) If you had to choose one word or phrase to strike from casual conversation this year, which would it be?

"Whatever" is the top choice for 32 per cent of Americans, followed by "like," "you know," and "just saying" according to the results of an annual poll conducted by The Marist Institute.

The New York-based research center surveyed 1,246 adults across the United States earlier this month, asking them to choose the one popular word or phrase they found most irritating.

For the fourth year in a row, "whatever" topped the list.

"Like," "you know," and "just saying" were also repeat offenders, getting 21 per cent, 17 per cent and 10 per cent of the votes respectively in 2012.

But a new phrase worked its way into the top five spot this year; "Twitterverse" got nine per cent of the vote for 2012's most annoying word, knocking out 2011's "seriously."

As Mashable notes, "Twitterverse" isn't exactly a new word. A design group called Ideacodes first created a Twitter visualization tool called with that moniker in 2007. The word has since become commonplace in news media and tech publications when referring to activity on the social network.

In fact, the word was actually added to Collins English Dictionary in 2009 alongside "Twitterati," the collective name for those who inhabit the 'verse.

Do you use, or avoid using, any of these words. Are there any words or phrases you'd nominate for a list like this? Let us know in the comments.

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