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. 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 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

Loved to write since high the years pass memories and relationships are primary. (There is also room for an opinion or two.) Feeling good at the age of eighty-five, enjoying life and a hobby of photography. Lived on a small farm for sixty-one years. welcomed three sons, two grandkids, and 3 greats. Owned and operated an Ace Hardware and Hallmark Shop, managing also to raise sheep for ten years. Shared sixty-two years of marriage before his passing in 2017. One son has also passed on to the next life, Memories really are "Made From This". Welcome to my world!


  • April 26, 2020 at 8:03 am

    SO.. FIRST OFF, you have a valid point. I MEAN, you seem to be spot on, LIKE ketchup on a white shirt, YA KNOW what I’m sayin’ right? LIKE dude, it’s a new world out there and YOU KNOW everyone can say and do whatever they want CUZ we wouldn’t want to offend anyone right? SO, OF COURSE YOU KNOW what I MEAN and I should just let it go. RIGHT? OF COURSE YOU KNOW!

    • April 26, 2020 at 8:16 am
      Permalink go right to the point! LIKE..raindrops on a barrel..SO let’s make a pact. LIKE folks of long ago, just ask, “Am I in?”..I do it your way and I’ll do it mine. SO, OF COURSE YOU KNOW who’s right.


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