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← The "So" meme

xmaseveeve's Avatar Jump to comment 19 by xmaseveeve

In the great scheme of infectious verbal ticks, I quite like 'so'. It is a dramatic device which also establishes a conversational tone. Most narratives do not require an instant external response. (I don't like too much repetition, right enough.) 'So' really means, 'I'm about to tell you something and then I want to know what you think.'

'At the end of the day' is the worst. 'As far as I'm concerned' - what does that add? It's only a way of holding the floor while you think of what to say next. I suspect that 'Peace be upon him' is often used for the same purpose.

Prefarbricated phrases mean prefabricated thoughts. Your whole vocabulary could be linguistic stop-gaps with a few baffling words thrown in. A Tory Party Conference?...

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 01:51:41 UTC | #924232