I’ve Started Stuttering, I Mean I Don’t Mean To Repeat Myself — 5 Comments

  1. The phenomenon of, um, “filler words” probably goes back to, like, the beginnings of, y’know, language. But, I mean, the specific fillers, er, change with, well, time.

    One reason that fillers are more noticeable now than in the past is that, for most Americans, our news is heard and taped for posterity, rather than read and archived. Newspaper and magazine reporters have always edited out those hesitation sounds, because they serve no purpose as far as content is concerned. On the other hand, it is interesting to see how much filler lying politicians sprinkle throughout their statements. So to speak.

  2. I am really bad with the word “like”. I am a child of the 80’s. My dad tells me I say “you know” a lot also.

    Don’t forget about the Texas colloquialism “ustacould”. Everyone always forgets that one.

    I ustacould do that, but now I can’t.

    Just to go along with your speedy-fast and look-see.
    .-= Absurdist´s last blog pithAn Apology to Family =-.

  3. @absurdist: There are lots of word fillers specific to regions, but “I mean” is EVERY-friggin-WHERE. Used by smart people who don’t use other filler words. It’s amazing!

  4. Yup. I am REALLLLLY smart. Genius! 😉

    And you are so totally right, like, you know?

    I mean, you hit it right on the head. Like, I was talking to my friend the other day, you know, and she was telling me, all like, Michelle, the other day, I went all ballistic on this guys ass, you know, and like, he was all up in my face and…


    Of course, I don’t write like that. I may speak like that on a casual level, but NEVER in a professional level. I never say the word um… That’s a filler word like you said. If you need a moment, take a damned moment. Silence isn’t a killer. When someone asks you a question, it’s okay to take a moment to think of a damned response.

    You don’t HAVE to say um. People are afraid of silence in conversation. I don’t know why. In fact, I think it should be a requirement to stop for at least 15 seconds after a question is asked before answering, when in a public forum, or when in a disagreement situation before answering.
    .-= Absurdist´s last blog pithAn Apology to Family =-.

  5. This something that I have always hated. I cannot stand when people say like, um, uh, i mean, etc. Just make a conscious decision to not do it anymore and when you catch yourself doing it again, that should be a remind to be even more conscious