I read this today and had to laugh. According to Language Log the Marist Institute of Public Opinion has released poll results that reveal the words and phrases that Americans find most annoying. The results were:
whatever – 47%
you know – 25%
it is what it is – 11%
anyway – 7%
at the end of the day – 2%
What the Marist Institute didn’t reveal very clearly was that the above phrases were the only options respondents were given to choose from. Ridiculous.
As one of the commenters over at Language Log said: “Poll results? Whatever. At the end of the day, it is what it is, you know?”