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Beginning sentences with "so"

#1  Postby Blood » Mar 06, 2013 2:58 pm

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"

#2  Postby trubble76 » Mar 06, 2013 3:02 pm

I sometimes use "So anyway" as a way of reverting a conversation back on it's original topic, if I was interrupted or had otherwise digressed. :dunno:
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#3  Postby Aern Rakesh » Mar 06, 2013 3:08 pm

trubble76 wrote:I sometimes use "So anyway" as a way of reverting a conversation back on it's original topic, if I was interrupted or had otherwise digressed. :dunno:


Yes, I think that's very common...

Blood wrote: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."


Whereas Brits never tamper with grammar, spelling or basic English, innit? :roll:
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#4  Postby Matthew Shute » Mar 06, 2013 3:10 pm

So, after looking at this thread, I wondered whether it couldn't go over here.

So, I tend to agree with the OP. So annoying, isn't it, to keep starting sentences and fragments with "so"?

So much for my 2ps worth.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#5  Postby Blackadder » Mar 06, 2013 3:17 pm

At least it isn't like the Irish, ending their sentences with so, so.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#6  Postby Pulsar » Mar 06, 2013 3:18 pm

So what?
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#7  Postby Evolving » Mar 06, 2013 3:28 pm

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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#8  Postby Fallible » Mar 06, 2013 3:34 pm

Brits do it too. Not as much perhaps, but one gentleman did it on the BBC breakfast news programme only this morning.

I think I may have done it a time or two.

What I know I do is finish sentences with it, sure I did it yesterday, so...
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#9  Postby HughMcB » Mar 06, 2013 3:40 pm

So sue me!
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#10  Postby Scot Dutchy » Mar 06, 2013 3:42 pm

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


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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#11  Postby babel » Mar 06, 2013 3:48 pm

Pfeh.

We can make a sensible one-word sentence that both starts and ends with 'so'.

Sowieso.

On the other hand, half of the people don't know how to spell it correctly even if their lives depended on it.

'So' as a starter seems like an apt word to break an awkward silence and replace it with an awkard conversation.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#12  Postby Zwaarddijk » Mar 06, 2013 3:58 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.


I bet you're suffering from the recency illusion.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#13  Postby HughMcB » Mar 06, 2013 4:00 pm

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?
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#14  Postby jamest » Mar 06, 2013 4:10 pm

Another so so thread.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#15  Postby Evolving » Mar 06, 2013 4:12 pm

Was that a 50's film? Sounds right up my street.

With Zsa Zsa, I presume.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#16  Postby Agrippina » Mar 06, 2013 4:14 pm

I do it all the time. So this morning I was outside, when ...
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#17  Postby Blackadder » Mar 06, 2013 4:15 pm

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.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#18  Postby Wiðercora » Mar 06, 2013 4:15 pm

The sentence doesn't really begin with 'So', the So is just like 'Hey, I'm talking now!'. I do it all the time in lectures when people won't STFU and I want to say something.
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#19  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Mar 06, 2013 4:20 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.


WOW! I thought I was the only one who noticed this. I've even gotten to the point where I count how many times the interviewee starts a sentence with "so". I don't notice this in ordinary speech, only on radio talk shows or interviews. It's uncanny. What programs do you listen to?
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Re: Beginning sentences with "so"

#20  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Mar 06, 2013 5:07 pm

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

Frisians tend to end their sentences with 'yea now', which makes more sense in Dutch/Frisian.
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