SoCS — Whatever

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill asks us to use the word “whatever” any way we’d like. Okay, whatever.

When our daughter was a teenager, she used “whatever” or “um, whatever” all the time. Except she wouldn’t pronounce it the normal way, as I do when I express, for example, my core philosophy of life, “whatever floats your boat.” No, the way she said it was “what-EVER,” and the word was often accompanied by an exaggerated eye roll. 🙄 She was essentially saying to me, “Just stop, Dad. No one cares. Get a life.”

I used to really hate when she said that. She was blowing off whatever it was that I had just said to her as being totally unworthy of her time or attention and that she had no interest whatsoever in whatever I was talking about. I swore that I would never respond to either a question or a statement from someone with the one word response of “whatever.”

But yesterday afternoon, when my wife asked me what I wanted for dinner last night, I shrugged and said, “whatever.” And then, when she told me that it looked like Russia was going to be invading Ukraine and that Putin was likely going to target its capital city of Kyiv, my response to her was a dismissive “whatever.”

I’m so ashamed…or whatever.

P.S. you may have noticed that one of the “Topics of Interest (i.e., categories) I have on my blog called “Whatever.” And so far, I’ve used that category 70 times over the years. With this post, it will be 71 times.

15 thoughts on “SoCS — Whatever

  1. Gloria February 19, 2022 / 3:21 am

    Oh I have to admit, I’ve found myself saying it quite a few times too. Learned from my kids of course….🙈

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  2. Sadje February 19, 2022 / 5:18 am

    Nowadays, we are forced to say whatever, and mean it too because the circumstances are so annoying.

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  3. Maggie February 19, 2022 / 6:20 am

    It might be the response most frequently heard by parents of teen girls.

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  4. bikerchick57 February 19, 2022 / 6:25 am

    I don’t have children and, yet, am all too familiar with “whatever.” It’s an easy response when something is not interesting or we would rather be talking about other, more important things. So, I understand your “whatever,” but hope the wife didn’t roll her eyes at you.

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    • Marleen February 19, 2022 / 7:04 am

      That’s what I wanted to know, too.

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    • Marleen February 19, 2022 / 8:55 am

      I would’ve posted this under your Chaos topic,
      if the comments weren’t closed:

      Anyone Can Light a Candle

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    • Fandango February 19, 2022 / 11:02 am

      She ignored me, as usual! 😂


  5. parikhit February 23, 2022 / 2:02 am

    Oh I say Whatever, roll my eyes and raise my brow. Now I know how it feels to the other person.
    And interestingly when thinking I subconsciously raise my brow and it gives the impression of a whatever!!

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  6. leigha66 March 10, 2022 / 7:35 pm

    I have both heard and said it many times. Most often my response for what I want for dinner.

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