"You know," "whatever" is a really annoying term -- "like" "you know." We're "just sayin'."But, actually, you know, like, they actually missed like the most annoying word yet...
When it comes to the most annoying words or phrases used in conversation, those four top the list in 2012, according to the annual Marist Poll.
Today's society seems to use "actually" the way kids use "like," which is starting to make me cranky.
I had to call the auto insurance folks the other day. The agent said "I'm actually looking at your account now." "Wow, you're ACTUALLY LOOKING AT IT?!? Wow, how cool is that?!?"
Where I used to work, I had to sit through a PowerPoint on a new software application... "Here, you can see I'm actually signed in..." No, you're NOT actually signed in, it's actually a screen capture of when you were actually signed in. I actually wanted to actually puke all over the presenter.
Or, to put it another way:
Although actually means “in an actual manner,” “really,” or “truly,” it has come to mean “in point of fact,” as well. I don't see this one abused too much in the written word, but some people (is it only MBAs, or does it just seem that way?) preface nearly every sentence with the word, and toss a few more into the middle of the occasional sentence, just in case we think they might be talking about something fictitious. Like hopefully and basically, actually is just an (unsuccessful) distraction from what the rest of the sentence says.
And, no, it's not only MBAs.