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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#21  Postby kennyc » Mar 06, 2013 5:08 pm

Blood wrote:I've noticed an alarming increase in the frequency with which people begin sentences with "so." Typically, someone is being interviewed on the radio, and the person asks a question, and for no reason at all, the interviewee inserts "so" at the beginning.

Q: Why did you go to Iceland in the dead of winter?
A: So I was sitting on a beach in Florida one day last summer, and I thought, you know, it's too hot down here.

This is a new phenomenon in grammar and I suspect it's limited to Americans, who also think it's fine to begin sentences with "Like."

It's incredibly annoying.


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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#22  Postby Briton » Mar 06, 2013 5:20 pm

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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#23  Postby Briton » Mar 06, 2013 5:21 pm

I've noticed this a lot when listening to science based podcasts. The American guests (mostly scientist types obviously) all seem to do it. Is this an example of a meme? I think it's arisen very recently and now seems ubiquitous. Seems a bit odd but I don't find it annoying as; say, Aussies ending every sentence as if it's a question, which has now spread to the UK.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#24  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Mar 06, 2013 5:50 pm

Briton wrote:I've noticed this a lot when listening to science based podcasts. The American guests (mostly scientist types obviously) all seem to do it. Is this an example of a meme? I think it's arisen very recently and now seems ubiquitous. Seems a bit odd but I don't find it annoying as; say, Aussies ending every sentence as if it's a question, which has now spread to the UK.


I listen a lot of science related podcasts (Science Friday, Omega Tau, The Naked Scientist/Astronomer, etc...). This is where I hear it the most. I haven't really noted whether it was mostly British or Americans doing it, but I'll certainly pay more attention now.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#25  Postby HughMcB » Mar 06, 2013 5:57 pm

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Blackadder wrote:At least it isn't like the Irish, ending their sentences with so, so.

:lol:

What sort of 1950's Hollywood film are you living in?


I have Irish friends who do this. So.

None of my Irish friends do that, so. And I am Irish, so. Where are your friends from? Could be a regional thing.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#26  Postby Fallible » Mar 06, 2013 6:47 pm

Ah shut up Hugh, ya big bollox.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#27  Postby Blackadder » Mar 06, 2013 6:52 pm

HughMcB wrote:
Blackadder wrote:
HughMcB wrote:
Blackadder wrote:At least it isn't like the Irish, ending their sentences with so, so.

:lol:

What sort of 1950's Hollywood film are you living in?


I have Irish friends who do this. So.

None of my Irish friends do that, so. And I am Irish, so. Where are your friends from? Could be a regional thing.


I'm pretty sure my Dubliner friends don't but I know someone from Cork who does. I also have a friend from Galway and I seem to recall him doing it too, although my memories are influenced by the amount of Guinness and Jameson's I usually consume in his company so I could be talking bollocks there.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#28  Postby orpheus » Mar 06, 2013 7:38 pm

I've noticed this as well. It often seems to be a substitute for "Well". Thus, instead of:

Q: "How did you come up with that idea?"
A: "Well, I was sitting at home one day..."

we now have:

Q: "How did you come up with that idea?"
A: "So, I was sitting at home one day..."

It's fucking irritating. I don't know when it started, but I began to notice it late last year.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#29  Postby Scarlett » Mar 06, 2013 7:43 pm

HughMcB wrote:
Blackadder wrote:
HughMcB wrote:
Blackadder wrote:At least it isn't like the Irish, ending their sentences with so, so.

:lol:

What sort of 1950's Hollywood film are you living in?


I have Irish friends who do this. So.

None of my Irish friends do that, so. And I am Irish, so. Where are your friends from? Could be a regional thing.


My mum lives in Ireland and she says a lot of the older Irish finish sentences with "....... god willing".

See you later, god willing.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#30  Postby HughMcB » Mar 06, 2013 7:51 pm

Blackadder wrote:
HughMcB wrote:
Blackadder wrote:
HughMcB wrote:I'm pretty sure my Dubliner friends don't but I know someone from Cork who does. I also have a friend from Galway and I seem to recall him doing it too, although my memories are influenced by the amount of Guinness and Jameson's I usually consume in his company so I could be talking bollocks there.

Wow, I really haven't heard that and I'm from Cork. Animavore can probably comment on the Dubliners. I'll keep my ear out!
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#31  Postby HughMcB » Mar 06, 2013 7:52 pm

Scarlett wrote:
HughMcB wrote:
Blackadder wrote:
HughMcB wrote:
:lol:

What sort of 1950's Hollywood film are you living in?


I have Irish friends who do this. So.

None of my Irish friends do that, so. And I am Irish, so. Where are your friends from? Could be a regional thing.


My mum lives in Ireland and she says a lot of the older Irish finish sentences with "....... god willing".

See you later, god willing.

:lol:

Yeah I could see that, old school Catholic thing there.

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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#32  Postby mraltair » Mar 06, 2013 7:56 pm

I propose we replace so with Miaow. Does that make you feel better?

Q: Why did you go to Iceland in the dead of winter?
A: Miaow, I was sitting on a beach in Florida one day last summer, and I thought, you know, it's too hot down here.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#33  Postby Scarlett » Mar 06, 2013 7:57 pm

HughMcB wrote:
Scarlett wrote:
HughMcB wrote:
Blackadder wrote:

I have Irish friends who do this. So.

None of my Irish friends do that, so. And I am Irish, so. Where are your friends from? Could be a regional thing.


My mum lives in Ireland and she says a lot of the older Irish finish sentences with "....... god willing".

See you later, god willing.

:lol:

Yeah I could see that, old school Catholic thing there.

God is about to smite us at any given moment cause we're all a bunch of evil sinners. :shifty:


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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#34  Postby iamthereforeithink » Mar 06, 2013 8:33 pm

I find the preponderance of the word "like" even more irritating than "so". It seems to be especially popular among females below a certain age
- "She was like blah blah blah, and I was like really? and like I was like blah blah OMG! and she was like blah blah...."
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#35  Postby Seabass » Mar 06, 2013 8:35 pm

Blood wrote:I've noticed an alarming increase in the frequency with which people begin sentences with "so." Typically, someone is being interviewed on the radio, and the person asks a question, and for no reason at all, the interviewee inserts "so" at the beginning.

Q: Why did you go to Iceland in the dead of winter?
A: So I was sitting on a beach in Florida one day last summer, and I thought, you know, it's too hot down here.

This is a new phenomenon in grammar and I suspect it's limited to Americans, who also think it's fine to begin sentences with "Like."

It's incredibly annoying.



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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#36  Postby NilsGLindgren » Mar 06, 2013 8:58 pm

Just to put it in context, these days, any Dane being interviewed in TV or radio will start his answer with, 'Yes, but'. Although in Danish. Of course.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#37  Postby Animavore » Mar 06, 2013 9:14 pm

Doesn't bother me.

Now starting sentences with, "As a Christian... " as if it validates succeeding dialogue...

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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#38  Postby Blood » Mar 07, 2013 3:18 am

orpheus wrote:I've noticed this as well. It often seems to be a substitute for "Well". Thus, instead of:

Q: "How did you come up with that idea?"
A: "Well, I was sitting at home one day..."

we now have:

Q: "How did you come up with that idea?"
A: "So, I was sitting at home one day..."

It's fucking irritating. I don't know when it started, but I began to notice it late last year.


It seems to be a recent meme that only started rolling within the last couple of years. I guess you could credit the ever-increasing breakdown of education, especially in the USA, which has instead been replaced by social media. In the years of my youthful training (1970s), it must have been beaten into me that only an idiot would begin a sentence with "so" (unless you're asking a question), because I literally don't remember ever talking this way.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#39  Postby LucidFlight » Mar 07, 2013 3:48 am

iamthereforeithink wrote:I find the preponderance of the word "like" even more irritating than "so". It seems to be especially popular among females below a certain age
- "She was like blah blah blah, and I was like really? and like I was like blah blah OMG! and she was like blah blah...."
Why can't these ladies converse properly with each other?

So, like, ermahgerd, this is cray-cray harsh and stuff. It's totes obvi ur prolly all, like, tragic and super old. YOLO. You know? But, whatevs.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#40  Postby Spinozasgalt » Mar 07, 2013 3:55 am

So and so are so and so, so so and so sew so and other so to so and so so so and so are so, so, so, and so.
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