Love it or hate it, slang is here to stay, and while some words are tolerable and even transform from slang to standard vocabulary status, others are so annoying they make us cringe. Now a new survey has identified the slang words that are most annoying to Americans.
If you use the words "bae," "hangry," and "ghost" chance are you are irritating everyone around you, according to the study, Fox News reported.
The survey, conducted by market researchers at OnePoll, looked at 2,000 modern slang words used by Americans then zoned in on the 20 that are most likely to leave the average person irritated.
"GOAT," took top honors for being the most annoying, followed by "bae," "hangry," "Gucci," and "ghost." Other irksome words that made the list include "lit," "totes," and "throw shade."
Worse yet are people over 43 who still throw these words around, according to the survey in which respondents said there was a cut off age of 43 when it comes to Americans using slang. And the workplace is definitely not where you want to be trying out the latest trending phrase.
Thirty-seven percent of respondents said slang was unacceptable in the workplace and over 50 percent said "lol" has no place in an email to the boss, although it may still pass in a casual mail to a coworker.
The survey further found that Americans were using slang incorrectly and did not fully understand where the words even came from or what they mean. "Ghosting" was a prime example. Fox News noted at least 55 percent of respondents had no idea the term had a negative connotation.
According to Wikipedia, "ghosting" was first used in 2011 and was popularized by tabloids using it to reference celebrity relationship dissolutions. The word has since been included in the Collins English Dictionary.
Overall, the survey found 53 percent of Americans found slang annoying but some words just seem to vex people more than others. According to Fox News, the 20 most irritating words are:
- Throw shade
- Clap back
- Turn up/turnt
- Spill the tea/sipping tea
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