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Tom in London
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Jan 20, 2016

Funny cartoon in the latest edition of "Private Eye" (unfortunately posting an image here is like going back to DOS, so I'm not going to try).

The drawing is quite simple: one man talking to another, saying

"So my New Year's resolution this year is to stop saying 'so' at the beginning of every sentence".


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Merab Dekano  Identity Verified
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Honestly, frankly speaking, actually... Jan 20, 2016

Tom in London wrote:

Funny cartoon in the latest edition of "Private Eye" (unfortunately posting an image here is like going back to DOS, so I'm not going to try).

The drawing is quite simple: one man talking to another, saying

"So my New Year's resolution this year is to stop saying 'so' at the beginning of every sentence".


"So" is funny, but there are others.. Even though not a native speaker, it does bother me when I hear:

- Actually, ... (why, would it otherwise be a false affirmation?)
- Honestly,... (why, were you otherwise going to be dishonest with me?)
- Frankly speaking,... (what? Are you usually that unforthcoming?)

In Spanish we use a lot "sinceramente". I once heard a humourist saying "sinceramente sí, pero sin sinceramente no", which pretty much describes how pathetic the expression is.


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Tom in London
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Quite Jan 20, 2016

So to be perfectly honest with you, I have to quite literally say, sort of, you know....

[Edited at 2016-01-20 11:19 GMT]


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Peccata minuta Jan 20, 2016

The way I see it, minor foibles like the ones mentioned are simply part and parcel of normal speech. Not worth getting one's knickers in a twist over, vamos.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phatic_expression

PS: Some people even get irritated by the three dots...

[Edited at 2016-01-20 11:36 GMT]
PPS: Or "moist"...

[Edited at 2016-01-20 11:37 GMT]
http://mentalfloss.com/article/64984/science-behind-why-people-hate-word-moist

(My own personal bugbear is apostrophe abuse... but don't get me started on that!)

[Edited at 2016-01-20 11:41 GMT]


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Tom in London
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You're not here Jan 20, 2016

neilmac wrote:

The way I see it, minor foibles like the ones mentioned are simply part and parcel of normal speech. Not worth getting one's knickers in a twist over


You're in Spain, so you're not hearing it every day, all the time.


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Noni Gilbert
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Frequently heard on the lips of candidates at interview... Jan 20, 2016

"To be honest....."

So [sic], were you not being honest up until now?


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Daniel Bird  Identity Verified
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It's a funny/peculiar usage; how did it creep into such widespread use? Jan 20, 2016

I think I first noticed it being used some years ago, overwhelmingly by technocrats, scientists and the like, groups that are typically seen as poor communicators (however unjust that might be). Maybe it was originally a jargon or trade lingo usage that existed in the academic echo chamber but escaped.
It's most certainly out in the wild now so we'd best get used to it.


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Marco Solinas  Identity Verified
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? Jan 20, 2016

So...what?

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Tom in London
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It will disappear Jan 21, 2016

Daniel Bird wrote:

I think I first noticed it being used some years ago, overwhelmingly by technocrats, scientists and the like, groups that are typically seen as poor communicators (however unjust that might be). Maybe it was originally a jargon or trade lingo usage that existed in the academic echo chamber but escaped.
It's most certainly out in the wild now so we'd best get used to it.


Only those living in an English-speaking country will be aware of it.

Like so many linguistic fads, I'm willing to bet that people will eventually stop saying it.

.....I hope.


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Precisely. Jan 21, 2016

Marco Solinas wrote:

So...what?


You hit the nail on the head : )


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Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
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It's not just "so..." Jan 21, 2016

Tom in London wrote:
Like so many linguistic fads, I'm willing to bet that people will eventually stop saying it.
.....I hope.

As do I.

Unfortunately "So..." often seems to be accompanied by uptalk - another annoying mannerism.

Dan


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Tom in London
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Fry Jan 21, 2016

Dan Lucas wrote:

Tom in London wrote:
Like so many linguistic fads, I'm willing to bet that people will eventually stop saying it.
.....I hope.

As do I.

Unfortunately "So..." often seems to be accompanied by uptalk - another annoying mannerism.

Dan


Yes -and uptalk PLUS the dreaded glottal fry.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7BBNEwyOjw

[Edited at 2016-01-21 09:21 GMT]


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Anything is better than øøøøøøøøøh Jan 21, 2016

English doesn't really have an equivalent for this Danish vowel, but it is ugly if unnecessarily prolonged. Something in the direction of eu in French neveu, perhaps.

We had a politician who could go on and on with the 'Øøøøøøøøøøøøøøøø...' when interviewed, and used it as a comma mid-sentence. Someone told her in the end, and then we could go back to laughing at the really odd things she said. She ended up as a comissioner in th EU.

Many Danes who ought to know better say 'Yes, but' (Jamen...) at the beginning of every utterance. It drives others mad, and often sounds silly in answer to a question. (Hope I don't say it too often myself!)


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so like Jan 21, 2016

Tom in London wrote:

neilmac wrote:

The way I see it, minor foibles like the ones mentioned are simply part and parcel of normal speech. Not worth getting one's knickers in a twist over


You're in Spain, so you're not hearing it every day, all the time.


So I'm in France, but I'm hearing and reading it plenty, it's all over FB for ex and I do have native English speaking friends here. Wouldn't say it was worth getting uptight over, although I certainly would refrain from using it like that in a translation, unless specifically required to use teenspeak.

I did laugh at the joke though.


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So I am not the only one Jan 21, 2016

I use so quite liberally myself, especially in unguarded writing as in forum posts. I often come back to my posts later to extirpate them.

I am glad to learn that this is not my foible alone and natives too are prone to this tendency.


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