‘Whatever’ is not the most annoying word in our house.
Don’t get me wrong, it is pretty annoying; especially when used by a teen or tween who is determined to have the last word and thinks they know it all.
It is used as a last resort word though, mainly when things have not gone their way but they want it to look like they have the situation totally under control.
So let me tell you, if your child is using ‘Whatever’, you have won and they know it. You don’t have to have the last word.
Another really annoying word in our house is my eldest’s sudden adoption of ‘Yikes’.
I know this doesn’t sound that annoying but she manages just the right mix of rudeness and condescension when she uses it. I don’t much like the word; she knows it annoys me and I’ve asked her not to use it. but you have to pick your battles when they are 14.
Most of the time I ignore it, but DD2 HATES the word and is often reduced to tears by her older sister’s use of it. DD1 is totally aware of this, of course…
But the most annoying word used in our house is..are you ready for this, it’s a four letter one…’Wait’.
‘Can you turn the TV off?’-‘Wait’
‘Can you get off the computer?- ‘Wait’.
‘It’s time to get ready for school”- ‘Wait’.
‘Time for bed!’-‘Wait’.
My children seem incapable of hurrying when asked, but just casually put one hand up and drawl ‘wait’ while they finish what they are doing. And this is after 10 and 5 minute warnings of the need to cease and desist. The seem to think that time stops when they do!
What’s the most annoying word in your house?