Odds and ends for December 21
Poll: ‘Whatever’ is most annoying word
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — When it comes to phrases that annoy, it looks like it’s “whatever” forever.
Pollsters at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., found that Americans considered “whatever” to be the most annoying word or phrase in conversation for a fifth straight year.
Thirty-eight percent of adults polled said “whatever” was most annoying in conversation, followed by “like” at 22 percent and “you know” at 18 percent. Bringing up the rear were “just sayin,’” and “obviously.”
The telephone poll of 1,173 adults living in the continental United States was conducted Dec. 3 through Dec. 5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
Santa causes scare at school in N.H.
HOLLIS, N.H. (AP) — Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building.
The Nashua Telegraph reports that administrators at the Hollis Primary School called police around 10 a.m. Thursday after they saw the man running around the school, tapping on windows and waving at students.
He was buzzed into the building but fled when he saw a look of alarm on a staffer’s face. Other schools and parents were notified and kids were kept inside for recess.
The man has contacted police to say he was only trying to spread “holiday cheer” and didn’t mean to cause panic. Police aren’t identifying him because he wasn’t charged.
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