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Old 30.12.2014, 17:32
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'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

Please drop it; it's fugly.
"So, I was driving my car and..."

"I was driving my car..." is adequate.
Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.

Thanks and happy new year.

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Old 30.12.2014, 17:45
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Re: 'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

So?

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Old 30.12.2014, 18:17
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Re: 'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

As if.

Like, what is your problem?

I can't even.....
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Old 30.12.2014, 18:19
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Re: 'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

Guilty as charged, m'lud. It does have the merit of attracting your interlocutor's attention when you start speaking and before you get to the meat of what you are saying - saves having to repeat it all because they haven't tuned in until half way through your sentence/story/information.
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Re: 'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

At the end of the day, I blame Matt Lucas.
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Please drop it; it's fugly.
"So, I was driving my car and..."

"I was driving my car..." is adequate.
Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.

Thanks and happy new year.

/rant
Swiss German equally infuriating habit:
Ending every darn sentence with "..., oder?"

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Re: 'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

I must admit that posters starting queries with 'So' annoys me as well. I used to think it was yet an americanism and try to ignore it... but I've noticed that a lot of english people are now using it as well.

OH has taken to starting spoken sentences with 'Yes', and similarly claims it's a way of making sure I'm listening. I'm listening alright, and will murder him soon if he doesn't stop saying it.
Good job he's going back to work on Monday and I won't see him again for a few months.
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Old 30.12.2014, 19:36
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Re: 'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

Being a native English speaker in an office full of non-native speakers, words like so,.. and now,... or at the very minimum a huff of air, have drastically cut the amount of times I have to repeat myself when starting a new conversation/topic. Between native speakers it's not necessary but I do appreciate when someone starts by giving me a moment to prepare myself for their thoughts.

So, happy New Year eh!
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Re: 'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

What about those who work in clothing factories? They must say "sew" all the time.
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Old 30.12.2014, 19:49
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Please drop it; it's fugly.
"So, I was driving my car and..."

"I was driving my car..." is adequate.
Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.

Thanks and happy new year.

/rant
So, it's sort of like people using fugly, oder?

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Old 30.12.2014, 20:02
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Re: 'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

Hwaet! It's not like they used to do the same in Old English nor nuthin, is it?
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please drop it; it's fugly.
"So, i was driving my car and..."

"Ceterum censeo, i was driving my car..." is adequate.
thanks and happy new year.

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Being a native English speaker in an office full of non-native speakers, words like so,.. and now,... or at the very minimum a huff of air, have drastically cut the amount of times I have to repeat myself when starting a new conversation/topic. Between native speakers it's not necessary but I do appreciate when someone starts by giving me a moment to prepare myself for their thoughts.

So, happy New Year eh!
So this thread is just wasting everyones time arguing about proper english when it doesnt even matter all that matters is communication

So what!
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Old 30.12.2014, 20:22
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So this thread is just wasting everyones time arguing about proper english when it doesnt even matter all that matters is communication

So what!
Starting a sentence with so does not make for improper English.

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Et alors, hein
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Old 30.12.2014, 20:25
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Re: 'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

annoying this "so" ....especially if you add to it a latin oratorical phrase at the end to sound smart.
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I just ignored the Latin, not having had the privilege of a proper education.
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I was so driving my car.......

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Re: 'So' increasingly used as a sentence marker

In the introduction to his translation of Beowulf, Seamus Heaney says this:

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Conventional renderings of hwćt, the first word of the poem, tend towards the archaic literary, with ‘lo’, ‘hark’, ‘behold’, ‘attend’ and – more colloquially – ‘listen’ being some of the solutions offered previously. But in Hiberno-English Scullion-speak, the particle ‘so’ came naturally to the rescue, because in that idiom ‘so’ operates as an expression that obliterates all previous discourse and narrative, and at the same time functions as an exclamation calling for immediate attention. So, ‘so’ it was:

So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness. We have heard of those princes’ heroic campaigns.
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