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YOU (DON’T) KNOW?

8 January, 2012

All sorts of spoken language contrivances are used to signal that one still has the floor and has more to say but is still thinking.  “Ahhh …,” and “Uhhh …” are bad enough when they come every third or fourth word but “you know” somehow bugs me the most (followed very closely by “or-uh”).  I once counted a person being interviewed on nationwide color television use “you know” seventeen times in two minutes.  It’s almost as if this particular sheep factor betrays a stark terror of being interrupted.  I find that ironic since (a purely subjective observation, of course) those who constantly say “you know” seem to have nearly nothing of note to say.  An interruption would be rather welcome.

Let me ask you:  If in fact I did know, you would not have to say anything more … right?

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