Like, you know, I mean…
I can’t say I’ve actually known it all my life, but I have known for many years that inserting words like “like” and “you know” in the middle of what we are saying, sometimes several times in a single sentence, is often a way of giving our brain a few extra milliseconds to think through what we to communicate.
But I mean, you know, I think it’s gone too far. I often hear journalists not only add an extra two syllables to “you know,” in mid-stream, but it is not uncommon to hear them begin a question with “I mean, you know.” Do such people have the required communications skills to do their job?
But what is really irritating is that I now hear myself doing it. This morning I heard myself ending an answer to a question with “I mean.”
I mean, that really was my concluding statement.