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Old Yesterday, 02:27 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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Originally Posted by Surfer Guy View Post
I cringe whenever I hear someone say one of the following phrases:

1. But I digress.
2. Who knew?
3. Don't get me wrong.

The above are usually part of a sentence when describing something, but they are unnecessary. Why do people use the above phrases?
Add to it "at the end of the day...." It's people's way of not getting to the point.
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Old Yesterday, 02:39 PM
 
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Starting a conversation with "I mean. . ." Isn't it assumed that what comes out of your mouth is what you mean to say?

I have a SIL that ends a lot of sentences with "and that."

Mom still talked about a high school teacher she had who said "In that respect" too frequently.

Verbal tics. To me they seem to be used to indicate a more credible level of speech that the speaker doesn't, for some reason, presently have the ability to communicate.
I never thought of them as that! That's a great term!
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Old Yesterday, 05:04 PM
 
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I much prefer "Bill and me" to "me and Bill" but hey, that's just me - and not Bill.

If I was saying "Send this to me, as well as to Bill, who is my administrative assistant," I would actually probably say "Please send this to me, and also to Bill." "Me and Bill" sounds country bumpkin to me. But hey, I DIGRESS! LOL
Yes, it doesn't sound as good. But both are correct. Just a matter of style or social convention.
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Old Yesterday, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Originally Posted by Surfer Guy View Post
I cringe whenever I hear someone say one of the following phrases:

1. But I digress.
2. Who knew?
3. Don't get me wrong.

The above are usually part of a sentence when describing something, but they are unnecessary. Why do people use the above phrases?
(1) I apologize for straying from the topic at hand.
(2) Not many people know this, but it's a well-researched fact.
(3) Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.

Remember this (cover of an Animals song) from 1977?
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"

https://youtu.be/8FMdaDEmcDg
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Old Yesterday, 10:47 PM
 
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I still ask people to 'get a load of this' and greet longtime friends (and some acquaintances) whom I haven't seen for awhile with a heartfelt 'Look who it is!'

Rarely I will end a long, informative statement with 'Can you dig it?' and if he/she replies 'I can dig it' I slap them five and tell them, 'I kneeeewwwww that you could'.
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Old Today, 02:12 AM
 
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Anything from 90s WB shows (on or off the internet), verbal tics (what my speech teacher in college said is, "thinking out loud"), "seriously," "legit," "what the what," "and so," "hate to be ___,"
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Old Today, 07:12 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Well, yeah. Because it's incorrect.
Exactly - Correct would be to say "she gave the whatever to me and Bill". I remember from English class if you're not sure remove the other person from the sentence to figure out whether to use me or I.

She gave the whatever to I vs. she gave the whatever to me. And there is your grammar lesson for today. Although I am not sure if it should be me and Bill or Bill and me.....
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Old Today, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I still ask people to 'get a load of this' and greet longtime friends (and some acquaintances) whom I haven't seen for awhile with a heartfelt 'Look who it is!'

Rarely I will end a long, informative statement with 'Can you dig it?' and if he/she replies 'I can dig it' I slap them five and tell them, 'I kneeeewwwww that you could'.
And if they don't respond appropriately, you can always hit them over the head with a sock filled with tennis balls and say "Homie don't play dat."
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Old Today, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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This is just how people all over the world are. In every language you have equivalents. In every culture. There is no people that reject all filler phrases. That actually sounds way worse. Robotic.
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Old Today, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I had a lady in my vanpool who held a fairly high level job at our company and I realized after awhile that I couldn't stand how she kept ending sentences with "and stuff". She would say something like "So we went to Aruba on vacation and sunbathed and stuff. It was really hot, so we went into the pool and stuff, and we got some tropical drinks and stuff." Drove me nuts. I wanted to scream "what stuff?"
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