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So when will people stop beginning every statement with "so"?
Thread poster: Tom in London

Tom in London
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Sep 5, 2013

So I've only noticed this lately, and it seems to be getting worse.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
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Eye/ear of the beholder Sep 5, 2013

I perceive this kind of thing as merely another example of phatic communication, intended to indicate some sort of continuity (real or not) and not worth getting my knickers in a twist about. I get more upset about current obsessions like"twerking" and the Oxford online dictionary's eagerness to accept similar dodgy, fly-by-night terms as worthy of our attention.

[Edited at 2013-09-05 10:53 GMT]


 

Tom in London
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Possibly Sep 5, 2013

neilmac wrote:

I perceive this kind of thing as merely another example of phatic communication, intended to indicate some sort of continuity (real or not) and not worth getting my knickers in a twist about.


So it may pass? So the way people used to say everything as though it were a question? So that went on for a long time? So it seems to be dying out now? So I just need to be patient?


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Erm... when they start using something else Sep 5, 2013

It seems to be a bad habit taken over from spoken language.

It's nothing new, but it may be more or less widespread/ fashionable in different layers of society.

"So vere's this geezer, goes inner a pub, dun 'e ...
So 'e ses ter ver bartender..."

... Add your own joke, mine are probably not funny icon_smile.gif

The exact equivalent in Danish is 'jamen' - = yes, but...

A silly way to start every sentence, but you will rarely find a politician or economist who doesn't do it frenquently, and almost anyone fluent in Danish is probably guilty of it now and then.

The 'so' thing sounds very familiar to me from my distant youth, so (sorry!) don't hold your breath while waiting for it to pass!


 

John Holland  Identity Verified
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The bandwagon of our own uncertainty... Sep 5, 2013

So many questions, so little time?

So anyway, here's a video that I think might be relevant?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvey4uiuLO4


 

Tom in London
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My joke Sep 5, 2013

Christine Andersen wrote:

... Add your own joke, mine are probably not funny icon_smile.gif



An Irishman, a Welshman, and a Scotsman go into a bar.
The barman says "What is this- a joke?"


 

Tom in London
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Brilliant ! Sep 5, 2013

John Holland wrote:

So many questions, so little time?

So anyway, here's a video that I think might be relevant?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvey4uiuLO4


Thanks John- that's excellent !


 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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When they get tired of it Sep 5, 2013

They may stop it when they get tired of it.

 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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They use it because it comes natural to them that way Sep 5, 2013

For the same reason they use "like", "right", or any other filler.

Our equivalent is "pa", a very frequent filler and it certainly does have a function when it comes to tone of voice. Just adds to a colloquial, informal and idiomatic tone (nonnative speakers will probably not use it or at least not as much).

Does the OP think we should all speak in the same manner or does he imply we already do? "People" is a collective noun?



[Edited at 2013-09-05 12:10 GMT]


 

Irene McClure
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Using 'so' to manage conversations... Sep 5, 2013

Must be a hot topic, as I just today stumbled upon this article via Thesaurus.com while looking something else up. Interesting little analysis of why the 'initial so' is used in speech.

http://hotword.dictionary.com/sentence-initial-so/

There's also another article featuring today about the 'dangling so' which appears at the end of sentences. The link is in the article above.

So, there we go.


 

Marie-Helene Dubois  Identity Verified
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I get more irritated when people end a sentence with "so" Sep 5, 2013

(So) I see what you mean but I used to have a colleague who ended his sentences with "so" all the time which was highly irritating.

He'd say, "well I have 3 years' experience so..." or "this isn't on my schedule for today so...." or "I didn't say that, so..." and then just trail off into nothing. Grrr


 

George Hopkins
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So Sep 5, 2013

So what?

An interesting question.


 

Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
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Oh come on :P Sep 5, 2013

Tom in London wrote:

So I've only noticed this lately, and it seems to be getting worse.


 

John Fossey  Identity Verified
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So... Sep 5, 2013

So when Generation Z reaches their late teens they will say "so" is sooo last decade and it will be something else.

 

Helen Shiner  Identity Verified
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So .... Sep 5, 2013

I quite like it, and find it amusing. I do just see it as another way of saying, "Right then, ..." or "Now, ..." I am though thoroughly familiar with the German tendency to start sentences in this way, and I do tend to adopt a German accent (internally sometimes!) when using the formulation myself.

 
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