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Old 12th Sep 2016, 11:20
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So - why begin every sentence with "so" ?

So I was watching some political TV prog this weekend and many of the talking heads began each reply with "so"

So having spotted this annoying trend I now find its happening all over !

So annoying but why has this started?
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 11:26
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So I just flipped back here from the Computers section and I find this thread- so so very annoying isn`t it.
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 11:27
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Voice coaching, pauses, make it sound like you have gravitas.
Same with sports men and women who use "obviously" and sometimes "so" as well.
Goes with asking a question instead of answering one, or answering a completely different question on purpose to avoid the original, etc etc.
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 11:32
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So not to like cause a thread drift, but I have like noticed that young folks like use like a lot in their speech these days. So like what's up with that?
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 11:42
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"So" tends to be the pointless word of choice for academics and politicians, and it is extremely annoying.

I would really like to see a man with a gong sat beside the interviewee and every time the word "so", or "like" is used inappropriately gong should be hit. It might make interviewees realise how stupid they sound.
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An explosive interjection that allows the speaker to get an edge in a conversation where perhaps several others are trying to interrupt. It gives a sharp cut offi to any previous statement or conversation and cuts off a journalist trying to ask a convoluted question by limiting their interrogation to a single point. The sound does seem to cut through other peoples speech rather effectively while being somewhat more polite than, Oi!
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 11:47
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Whatever. Is this word on the wane as well. Don`t hear it so often now, certainly doesn`t have the impact of interjection.
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 11:51
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Oddly enough when my wife uses "so" on the phone it's a sign she's trying to end the conversation....
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...As ye so, shall ye reap...
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 11:56
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Well, that's a good question. Ummm, deserves a reply. Ahh!, I think what you really meant to ask......
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"So" suggests careful listening, a summing-up of what the group thinks about what is under discussion.

Compare, "So, I think we can agree that Donald Trump is right to say that Hillary Clinton has serious health issues," to "I think that Trump is right to say that Hillary Clinton has serious health issues." Both statements are saying pretty much the same thing, but the first one includes the group, inviting them to agree with the speaker and with Donald Trump, as if this is a consensus that has been reached, the speaker merely summing it up as something the whole group must basically agree with. The second one is just what the speaker thinks about what Donald Trump has said, nothing more, which invites further argument: disagreement.

It's just another salesman's trick, "So I think we can agree that the fur-lined hubcaps make a lot of sense as an option on our new car," instead of "What about the fur-lined hubcaps?" The poor fish then goes along with what "makes sense," instead of stopping to think if it really makes sense or not.

One verbal tic that a friend of mine has is to say, "I mean .... " Yeah, I know that you mean it; you just said it! He gets me saying it after a few hours of exposure to this! It's a funny one because it suggests that he is presenting a more complete way of saying something, except that it's being said for the first time. It's like hearing "I find clowns scary. I mean that one time we went to the circus and one killed my dad," compared to "I mean, I find clowns scary."
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 12:31
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I'm pretty much with GOULI on this.

"So": often suggesting a question mark at the end of a statement and then being interrogative, seeks a response, rather than the "therefore", "thus", "consequently", or "accordingly" alternatives. So, that's my tuppence-worth anyway!

I also agree with Basil regarding "obviously". More than once I've taken call-centre staff to task about their infuriatingly repetitive misuse of the word.
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 12:36
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At this moment in time, I must disagree.
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So, why do you ask, ETOPS?
It's just another buzz-word that's lately become fashionable amongst the semi-literate.

Not quite as bad, though, as my younger brother's business-speak.
He tries to introduce that into everyday conversation.
Now, that is painful.
Give them a year or two and they'll find another, equally annoying, way of trying to express themselves.


In much the same vein, at a social gathering, you'll find a brat, in your face, asking impertinent questions...
Why do you ask that?, I say.
Because I'm interested, that's why!
Oh?
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Most of the usage I've noticed is in situations that people used to use "well". For instance, "So, it works like this...", "So, I work here because...". Either word is unnecessary; when I used to edit audio on interviews for radio and TV, I would often remove this kind of thing when possible.
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Must include what a lot of the F1 circus say during the interviews "for sure" another pet phrase ?.
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Have noticed it is often used by scientists on tv about to explain a [complex] concept.

Was also used by Tony Blair a lot to address us from his pulpit.
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So - why begin every sentence with "so" ?



Because "a needled pulling thread" takes too long to say.

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Old 12th Sep 2016, 15:12
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Originally Posted by ETOPS View Post
So I was watching some political TV prog this weekend and many of the talking heads began each reply with "so"
For sure. . . .
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Must include what a lot of the F1 circus say during the interviews "for sure" another pet phrase ?.
Has anyone in the F1 world ever described a car as "fast" instead of "quick"? Might be one of those things like aircraft/plane to weed out those "in the know" from the rest.
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