The Other I

September 30, 2013

Like you know has been updated!

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 2:57 pm

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.  



  1. It’s also “middle class hedging”, I believe…. if that’s a thing. I think it is. It’s a strategy to as to sandpaper any rough edges off the words, so as to be more polite. I knew a guy who said ” as it were” a lot in the same kind of way.
    Don’t start me on irritating verbal foibles, though. I’d be here, like, all day, as it were.


    Comment by sanstorm — September 30, 2013 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

    • Oh no! you are expanding my list of annoyances.

      (I would say thank you, but under the circumstances I might be tempted to add “indeed.” Another one on my list of “irritating verbal foibles.”)


      Comment by Terry Sissons — September 30, 2013 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

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