3. “No Offense, But” with 20% – which I consider a completely useful and meaningful preface to many, many, many discoveries
4. “Literally” with 11%, and
5. “You Know What I Mean” with 10%, which is also completely meaningful and useful phrase. What a cantankerous people we must be to be annoyed by that one.
“Fake News” exists. We all know it, but it’s just been used so improperly by 45 and his administration that we’re tired of hearing it. But really, aren’t we really tired of hearing this guy speak any words? Can we vote that every word uttered by this current president are the most annoying words of 2017?
“No Offense, But” is awesome! I personally prefer, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but” and I usually butter up the follow-up with something positive. Then it’s harder to take offense. In the end, people are so easily offended that this phrase is necessary.
“You Know What I Mean” is also a good closer, like “whatever”. In fact, it’s not only a good closer, it’s a good segue and even takes the place of whole stories if you’re, say, at the workplace and might say something inappropriate. Or, if you can’t think of the words to finish a statement, all you have to say is, “you know what I mean”, with or without a question mark, and someone will automatically finish the statement for you. Which means “you know what I mean” is like magic. It’s magical. And nothing magical can be annoying. You know what I mean?