Why I Hate ‘So …’

When did ‘so’ become the new ‘ummm’? Listen to any TV or cable talk show when the host asks the guest a question. Most of the guests start the answer with ‘So … ‘.  Perhaps a little less annoying than ‘umm’, but this vocalized pause gets old fast if each answer  begins that way. While ‘so’ is an actual word, it doesn’t add any meaning or context to the message. It just sits there … like a different version of ‘Um … ‘

So Phil … what should people do?’, you ask. Something as simple as … wait for it … nothing. Simply start the first sentence of the answer with … the first word of the answer. Listen to the question intently, pause long enough to formulate your answer and then start talking again.

So … can you dig it? I knew that you could!