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← The "So" meme

Tiende Landeplage's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by Tiende Landeplage

With the qualifier that English is not my first language and I may be "talking out of my hat", I wonder if beginning a sentence with "So" is an old staple of Jewish-American dialect. Example: dialogue from the film "Stalag 17" (1953):

"Hey, this is with a typewriter... it's from a finance company." "So it's from the finance company. So, it's better than no letter at all. So they want the third payment on the Plymouth. So they want the fourth... the fifth... the sixth... the seventh. So they want the Plymouth."

Isn't it also an old way for storytellers and stand-up comedians to begin a story or joke:

"So I was reading the other day about the new bill..."

"So there was this man who was married to this incredibly beautiful woman, but..."

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 00:08:18 UTC | #924198