The term “fake news,” which has been popularized by President Trump, is the second most annoying word or phrase used in everyday conversation, according to a new poll.
For the ninth year in a row, the word “whatever” earned the top spot as the “most annoying word of phrase used in casual conversation,” with 33 percent of Americans saying it’s the most irritating, according to a Marist poll published Monday.
But “fake news” came in second, with 23 percent of Americans claiming it is the most grating phrase.
“No offense, but” rounded out the top three, followed by “literally” and “you know what I mean.”
The president has thrust the phrase “fake news” into the national conversation, and he often uses the term to discredit news stories or outlets with coverage he disagrees with.
Trump first tweeted the phrase “fake news” in December 2016 to describe an article from CNN, and claimed in October he coined the phrase.
“I think one of the best names is—you know, I’ve really started this whole ‘fake news’ thing,” he told Fox Business. “Now they’ve turned it around and then, now, they’re calling, you know, stories put out by different, by Facebook, ‘fake.’”