Random Thoughts

Thoughts while shaving

by jtierney

Did you ever notice (of course you did!!) how speakers use nonsense words to fill in any hesitation during their presentation. Most speakers do this because it is rare for a speaker to go from beginning to end without a hesitation, especially if it’s an “off the cuff” speech. For whatever reason, they cannot have even a slight pause when they give a speech. I don’t see why not. Most speakers have this situation.  Why do they care if they are silent for a moment to collect their thoughts before they proceed. Their audience understands. They’ve been there, done that. The universal “fill in the blank” words seem to be “you know…you know..”. Some people use these two words to a fault,repeating them frequently during a speech or just in general conversation. Other fill in words are “so on and so forth”,  ”aah”,  “aaaah”, “err”.  If they MUST do this, why not have better “fill in words”,  like “How ‘bout those Red Sox” or “I can’t wait to get out of here”, (under your breath, of course).

March 2, 2012

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