FIRST OFF….I don’t mean to be difficult. LIKE it comes quite easily. SO ask anyone who knows me. SO..I’ve been noticing some changes in our everyday language. LIKE..it isn’t just me.
SO..I hear it on the television, and even on my favorite channel, Fox News. FIRST OFF..You could ask me a question, like…“How are you getting along being confined to home most of the time?” (here’s my answer)…“SO..most of the time I’m fine”.
Next question…“SO..Do you live alone or with someone?”
My answer…“FIRST OFF..my kids have all grown and left home . SO I am by myself.”
SO, I’m not kidding. LIKE..this is serious.
FIRST OFF…Even people I sincerely respect like Brian on Fox News, uses this type of language quite often. I know he lives in the New York, New Jersey area…but it isn’t just folks from around there. LIKE people where I live talk the same way sometimes.
SO do you think these somewhat overused words will be on the list at the end of the year for new additions to the dictionary?
I MEAN I haven’t heard other new phrases as much, but there are a few lurking here and there in conversation. OF COURSE it isn’t as prevalent as it once was. SO…YOU KNOW some of them hardly ever come up in casual conversation. LIKE maybe folks don’t expect anyone to know as much as the speaker of the moment. SO.. LIKE now that I think of it, maybe I am hearing one or two repetitiously spoken.
SO, could you help me out here? LIKE I don’t think it’s just me. I MEAN this stuff might be bothering other people too. FIRST OFF, maybe I’m listening more closely to what people say than I used to. SO..OF COURSE, advanced age does things to people. YOU KNOW, I’m not going to take all the blame.
SO I’ll just leave it at this. FIRST OFF I don’t want to offend anyone, LIKE you know, friends or whatever. I MEAN seriously, I was just thinking about it. SO.. YOU KNOW I wondered if anyone else had noticed. OF COURSE there are a lot more important things to think about right now.
SO drop me a note and let me know, LIKE… what do you think…ok?
Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck