Whatever....The power of that word as a response is never lost on me. It can end a heated discussion in an instant. A quick and dismissive, whatever, seems to say it all without really saying it.
Variations on the pronunciation and almost always spoken with an attitude:
What. Ev. Er.
When used as a response, it's intention is undeniable; "I'm done here. No need to waste any more of my valuable time or energy."
As the mother of teens, it's a response I heard repeatedly throughout the day. A top ten favorite of theirs and most children of similar age.
ME:"I asked you two hours ago to clean your room and it's still not clean. What possible excuse could you have for not doing it, other than zoning out on your computer? Huh?"
THEM: "Whatever mom.."
ME: "You have had all weekend to start your History project. Why now, at 7:30 on Sunday night, are you panicking and screaming like a lunatic that you need to finish your work?"
THEM: "Mommmmmuh,...What. Ever."
And it works both ways-always quite effective in cutting right to the heart of the matter.
HER: "Mom, you are being ridiculous. Everyone else is going."
ME: "Oh, well. Whatever."
HIM: "I know that I have four other pair of sneakers, but these are the ones I have wanted for so long mom."
ME: (laughing) "Nice try dude. Whatever."
I find myself using it's power more frequently in my everyday conversation. It also could be considered a "green" word, one we can feel good about using. I like to think of it as being more efficient in these eco-conscious times. By using it, my intention is clear, and I pool my personal energy resources, successfully considering my environmental responsibilities. Less words, less oxygen used, better for environment.
It is also a most effective response when arguing in loosing battle. "Whatever" conveys a succinct stoppage to the matter at hand, allowing the user to admit they are wrong without ever really admitting it.
I recommend you give it a shot. Feel it's power, it's eloquence. Get your point across, or not. Whatever....