Can We Be Over ‘So’?

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I think I’ll forfeit my fortitude when the next person who’s asked a question starts his answer with “So.” It’s like answering queries with “Therefore….”

— Where are you from? — Therefore I was born in Poughkeepsie, but grew up outside Memphis.
— Do you have an MFA? — Therefore I studied for two years at Vanderbilt, but dropped out before I got a degree.
— Can you see the letters on the bottom row? — Therefore they’re too blurry for me to make out.

The ornamental “so” from hell may be entrenched in our discourse now, parroted by legions of the influenced. How do these tics get started? The Kardashians?

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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8 Responses to Can We Be Over ‘So’?

  1. chris ludke says:

    hahaha Therefore, you’re cracking me up here! Thanks for the laugh!

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    • JMN says:

      So, you’re most welcome, Chris! Thanks for savoring my tongue-in-cheek rant! As a practical linguist I know that bellyaching over how people choose to talk is the most futile thing in the world. But it’s fun to spend a little hot air on it! 🙂 I’m keen to see how your tide pool painting is going.

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  2. So wonderful that so me one else gets so me what irritated hearing so me people, i.e., those so and so’s, who respond to all questions, begin (and al so destroy) all conversations with ‘so’… so on and so forth… 🙂

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    • JMN says:

      Hah! I detect that it annoys you too. Surely this tic will die away before it embeds itself in our discourse! Famous last words.

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      • Weird the way tics/terms catch on. You hear someone say something novel (or contemptible) once or twice, then, all of a sudden, everyone is repeating the same foible – or whatever it is… yes, ‘tic’ probably describes it best! Are we humans really that conditioned, that mindless, as to be unable to speak as individuals, warts and all? One wonders!

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