Umm, like literally, these are the most annoying filler words, you know?

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Researchers have been looking into the UK's most irritating 'filler' words - words that are considered 'pointless' in a conversation. How many are you guilty of?

"Like, this is literally the most... err... interesting story actually, you know?"

You might have spotted words in that sentence that sound familiar?

Words like "OK", "innit", "literally" and sounds like "umm" and "err" have been identified by a group of researchers as some of the most annoying words in a conversation.

These have been labelled 'filler' words and apparently 60% of Britons admit to using them!

Mortar Research identified a list of the UK's most used filler words - which ones are you guilty of?

Let us know in our poll below!

The researchers conducted the study on behalf of a speech app called gweek - they used an online survey of 2,000 people in the UK.

The survey asked people to comment on two speeches about Brexit.

One speech had correct facts but lots of filler words, and the other had lots of incorrect facts but no filler words.

Apparently 57% of the people surveyed preferred the factually incorrect speech without filler words, believing it sounded 'more educated'.

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Ooh, err - which filler words are you guilty of? Let us know in the poll!

However, some communicators actually believe that filler words can make you seem more personable and friendly!

Interview coach, Barry Drexler, says that filler words can help if you want a chance to pause and think about what you want to say.

So maybe they're not so bad after all?

Let us know what you think in the comments!


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  • Comment number 9. Posted by U17015256

    28 Sep 2018 18:38
    Every sentence I say begins with basically
  • Comment number 8. Posted by U17015256

    28 Sep 2018 18:37
    I do all of this
  • Comment number 7. Posted by LittleBlueFluffball

    26 Sep 2018 18:58
    i like to write comments when I like feel like it like yeah did I mention I like saying like?
  • Comment number 6. Posted by U17076497

    26 Sep 2018 18:51
    I say like A LOT and um and err and well most of them really.
  • Comment number 5. Posted by U17133673

    26 Sep 2018 17:06
    Umm, yeah and basically
  • Comment number 4. Posted by Bluesnailstar

    26 Sep 2018 16:36
    I use them all
  • Comment number 3. Posted by cheekybrownmonkey2

    26 Sep 2018 16:30
    I use err, basically, actually, ok and umm.
  • Comment number 2. Posted by PotterReadingPenguin

    26 Sep 2018 15:46
    I use like, basically, err and anyway
  • Comment number 1. Posted by BlushRidgedRose

    26 Sep 2018 15:13
    I think that sometimes if you are in an awkward situation or are having one or having an awkward moment withy people, they can be really great to use. But in some times it can better not use them,like when you meet or talk to a really posh or very serious person! I think it’s very funny that these words are called filter words because I think that name for them actually suits the concept really well! First comment! Like!