back of the napkin #75
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you know

BlahNot only is the use of "So..." irritating to my ears in the course of conversation; the use of " know..." is almost as distracting.

It's found in conversations where someone is trying to explain something and they pepper the explanation with " know...". It seems to happen when their mouth gets ahead of their brain. They seem like they don't want to wait for their brain to catch up so they just insert a "you know" to get from one point to another.

It's a cousin to the ever popular "um" - that wonderful utterance when someone is trying to think of what to say next, and the person's brain just gives up. It's a wordless glitch.

"You know" on the other hand is a mindless assumption; the speaker assumes the listener is Blahtotally in sync with the speaker's explanation, and the speaker just says, "Blah, blah, blah, blah -- you know -- blah, blah, blah...".

Sometimes there is the hint of an inflected question. Always the speaker mindlessly assumes that the listener knows what they speaker is explaining.

My reaction? "No, I don't know." I'm thinking "Hey, speaker, it's YOUR job to explain, not ASSUME I know what you're talking about."

I love it when someone is going on and on about something, and they end their delivery with a "You know...?" -- and the listener just stands there and doesn't respond. Other times listeners will respond with the just as mindless "Uh huh..."

Ah, the fine art of conversation.


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