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Ohmy Why are people starting sentences with the word "So..."?
Increasingly, I'm hearing (mostly the younger generation) using the word "So" when they start off a sentence. Especially when replying to a question.

For instance, someone asks them a question like, "What do you want to accomplish in life?" They answer, "So, I'm interested in becoming a nurse."

Or when asked, "Can you tell me how much money you intend to raise?" They answer, "So, we really need to raise $1500 by Friday".

What's up with this use of the word "So" to start off a sentence? This word usage seems to have started within the past couple of years, as far as I can tell-- and it's increasing dramatically.

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So why do you ask?
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RE: Why are people starting sentences with the word "So..."?
I dunno, but when my husband does it, it seems to be when he is on the "attack" about something... so now, when I hear someone start with it I feel the stress hormones rising.... "so, why is there a $500 charge on the amazon card?" "so, why did you leave this egg on the counter?" "so, what is this mess you left in the living room?"

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RE: Why are people starting sentences with the word "So..."?
So what?

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RE: Why are people starting sentences with the word "So..."?
(05-13-2015 03:45 PM)DariaVader Wrote:  I dunno, but when my husband does it, it seems to be when he is on the "attack" about something... so now, when I hear someone start with it I feel the stress hormones rising.... "so, why is there a $500 charge on the amazon card?" "so, why did you leave this egg on the counter?" "so, what is this mess you left in the living room?"

Ah, but you are prefacing a question with "so". And, I get the tone of that question as being accusatory. SuperSleeper's examples are for the preface to an answer.

I think what SS refers to is the misuse of language by youth.
Not only does one hear: "So..." Starting with "Like" or "You know" are peeves of mine.

So, Daria, care to tell us about the Amazon charge, the egg, and the mess? Eat-popcorn

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RE: Why are people starting sentences with the word "So..."?
(05-13-2015 05:52 PM)justMongo Wrote:  
(05-13-2015 03:45 PM)DariaVader Wrote:  I dunno, but when my husband does it, it seems to be when he is on the "attack" about something... so now, when I hear someone start with it I feel the stress hormones rising.... "so, why is there a $500 charge on the amazon card?" "so, why did you leave this egg on the counter?" "so, what is this mess you left in the living room?"

Ah, but you are prefacing a question with "so". And, I get the tone of that question as being accusatory. SuperSleeper's examples are for the preface to an answer.

I think what SS refers to is the misuse of language by youth.
Not only does one hear: "So..." Starting with "Like" or "You know" are peeves of mine.

So, Daria, care to tell us about the Amazon charge, the egg, and the mess? Eat-popcorn

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well, the $500 was a payment to a PT after the ins ran out and no one mentioned it Angry the mess.... well, I don't remember which one! the egg tho... oh my!!!!

I like to make my own mayo. that way it tastes good, and doesnt contain anything im allergic to in it.... for mayo to emulsify properly you need room temp ingredients and this is why the egg in question was out! It was 10pm and we were getting ready for bed. When I said why it was out he asks if he should just put it back in the box, and I said, nah it will only take 1 min to blend up the mayo. So tired, I trudged into the kitchen and put egg, lemon juice, sunflower oil, salt, dry mustard and a teensy dash of cayenne in the bowl and buzzed it up with my handy cuisenart stick blender. Done. Perfection.

cleaning a stick blender is easiest by turning it on in a bowl of soapy water. looking around for a bowl, none was handy, but planning to grab one I start cleaning it while it is still plugged in! Shock Oh-jeez

yeah, i stuck my left index finger into the blender and then accidentally hit the on button. yep. i did. that was last december and my fingernail is finally grown back. the spot over the joint where I got 2 stitches is stiff but i can almost bend my finger down all the way now Hammer

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Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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RE: Why are people starting sentences with the word "So..."?
Interesting. I know a woman in Portland who makes her own mayo.
(Must be an Oregon thing.)

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RE: Why are people starting sentences with the word "So..."?
As a writer, I have to analyze my writing to look for repeats and the like. "So" and "then" are my two biggest overuses.

"Then" is easy as it is another word for "and" and a bunch of other sentence tie-ins. But "so" is just laziness on my part or mostly habit.

I don't use it much when speaking (I don't think) but wow I use it a lot when writing!

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RE: Why are people starting sentences with the word "So..."?
(05-13-2015 05:52 PM)justMongo Wrote:  Ah, but you are prefacing a question with "so". And, I get the tone of that question as being accusatory. SuperSleeper's examples are for the preface to an answer.

Correct. Beginning a question with "So" is not as objectionable to me as using "So" as the preface to an answer.

I've started noticing this a lot from the TV show "Shark Tank". The panel asks a question of the person trying to raise money and the answer is given with the "So..." preface. From my observation, it's prevalent amongst people under 30 years of age. It's primarily used in verbal communication; I seldom see it in writing.

Maybe I'm sounding too much like my old high school English teacher. oldman

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RE: Why are people starting sentences with the word "So..."?
I noticed this trend, along with "like" as a sentence preface, nearly forty years ago when I was interning in L.A. I thought it was Valley-Speak.
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