Don’t say: ‘Whatever’
“Whatever” was voted the most annoying word of 2015, according to a Marist College poll of 1,500 adults (note: 43 percent of respondents chose it as the worst). So unless you want to be voted the most annoying job applicant by an employer, delete it from your interview vocab. And while you’re at it, why not remove it from your speech altogether?
Don’t say: ‘Stuff’ or ‘Things’
These words share a trifecta of negative traits. They’re juvenile-sounding, vague, and dull. Thrown into a sentence, they act like mini black holes, sucking out all the life around them. Instead of “stuff” or “things,” use specific words, such as responsibilities, tasks, challenges, hobbies, passions, collections, and media, to communicate exactly what you mean.