Whatever. Our culture today uses this word frequently. Its breadth of meaning within its pronominal usage spans from meaning anything or everything (“Take whatever you want.”) to a statement of surprise (“Whatever made you think that?”). The word’s adjectival meaning is similar as well (“He ate whatever food he could find.”). Perhaps the semantic range of whatever shines most brightly, however, in its use as an interjection. More recent dictionary editions include this use of whatever and describe it as indicating “indifference to or scorn for something, such as a remark or suggestion.”  This definition is more representative of today’s use of the word. Still, others have attempted to catalogue other nuances of the interjectory use of whatever. One author humorously lists over 10 uses for whatever used by modern speakers. Among them are the following: The Apathetic Whatever (“Oh, I’m immature? Whatever.”), The Pseudo-Impartial Whatever (“She’s dating the boss? Whatever.”), Self-pitying Whatever (“Never mind, I did all the work but whatever.”), The Sulking Whatever (Him: “I’m sorry, honey, let’s have dinner.” Her: “Whatever.”), The Get-over-it Whatever (“Dad, whatever, it’s just a tattoo.”), The Jealous Whatever (“His uncle got him the job but whatever.”), The Faltering Cliché Whatever (“Perhaps then you can get some closure or whatever.”), The Bashful Whatever (“Could we go steady or whatever?”), and The Doubting Thomas Whatever (“He said he sent the check last week, and I am like whatever.”).