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“Whatever”, totally tops most annoying word in the poll

作者:英语阅读 文章来源:英语阅读 点击数: 更新时间:2013-9-6 9:37:36 | 【字体:
 

    “Whatever”, totally tops most annoying word in the poll (民意测验). So, you know, it is what it is, but Americans are totally annoyed by the use of “whatever” in conversations. The popular term of indifference (不感兴趣) was found most annoying in conversations by 47 percent of the Americans surveyed in a Marist College poll on Wednesday.
    “Whatever” easily beat out “you know”, which especially annoyed a quarter of interviewers. The other annoying expressions were "anyway"(at 7 percent), “it is what it is” (11percent) and “at the end of the day”(2 percent).
    "Whatever" is an expression with staying power. It left everyone a deep impression in the song by Nirvana (“oh well, whatever, never mind”)in 1991 and was popularized by the Valley Girls in the film “Clueless”, later that decade. It is still commonly used, often by younger people.
It can be a common argument-ender or a signal of indifference. And it can really be annoying. The poll found "whatever" to be consistently(始终地) disliked by Americans regardless of their race, sex, age, income or where they live.
    “It doesn't surprise me because ‘whatever’,is in a special class, probably, said Michael Adams, author of “Slang(俚语)~The People's Poetry" and an associate professor of English at Indiana University. "It's a word that -and it depends on how a speaker uses it -can suggest being not worthy of attention or respect.” Adams, who didn't take part in the poll and is not annoyed by "whatever," points out that its use is not always negative. “It can also be used in place of other neutral(中性的)phrases that have fallen out of favor, like ‘six of one, half dozen of the other’ ” he said. However, he also noted that the negative meaning of the word might explain why “whatever” was judged more annoying than the ever-popular “you know”.
56. Which tops second among the annoying expression according to the passage?'
    A. Whatever.  B. You know.  C. Anyway.  D. It is what it is.
57. What can we know about the word "whatever"?
    A. It became popular because of Nirvana.
    B. It can be commonly used at the beginning of an agreement.
    C. Old people like it while young people don't.
    D. Almost half of the Americans surveyed disliked it.
58. In Adams' opinion, the reason why “whatever”, was judged more annoying may be that_____.
    A. most of the people don't like it   
    B. it can be used in place of other neutral phrases
    C. it carries certain negative meaning sometimes 
    D. the poor don't like it
59. Which of the following statements is true?
    A. Adams is not only a writer but also a professor. 
    B. “Whatever” is a signal of concern.
    C. Adams is angry at the word “whatever”. 
    D. "Whatever" will be replaced by "You know”.

阅读理解(共20 小题,每小题2分,满分40分)
56-59 BDCA 

英语阅读翻译

    “不管”,完全顶在民意调查中最讨厌的词(民意测验)。所以,你知道,这是它是什么,但美国人很反感的“不管”的对话中使用。冷漠的流行词(不感兴趣)是发现最恼人的交谈的百分之47的美国人在星期三的民意调查中,圣母大学。
“无论”轻松击败“you know”,尤其是恼火,四分之一的面试。其他恼人的表达“无论如何”(百分之7),“这是什么”(11%)和“最终”(百分之2)。
    “什么”是具有持久力的表达式。它让每个人都以涅盘歌中留下了深刻的印象(“啊,什么的,没关系)1991,是由在电影“无能”的山谷女孩,推广,十年后。它仍然是常用的,经常被年轻人。
它可以是一个常见的说法安德或信号的冷漠。它真的可以烦人。调查发现,“不管”是一致的(始终地)的美国人,不管他们的种族,性别,年龄,收入,或不喜欢,他们住的地方。
    “我并没有感到惊讶,因为‘什么’,可能属于一类比较特殊,说,迈克尔亚当斯,作者的“俚语(俚语)~人民的诗”,印第安那大学英语副教授。”这是一个词,而这取决于说话人使用它,可以建议不值得重视和尊重。”亚当斯,谁没有参加投票,是不是“生气”什么的,指出其使用并不总是消极的。“它还可以用于其他中立的地方(中性的)已经失宠的短语,如“六个,半打其他’”他说。然而,他也指出,这个词的否定意义,或许可以解释为什么“whatever”被认为比一直流行的“你知道更烦人”。


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