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Why are people starting sentences with the word "So..."?
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I think it's just one of those strange little language quirks which come and go. "You know" is in very wide use - I once heard Queen Elizabeth say it to somebody (on TV, I wasn't there personally) so I guess it's Queen's English now. And "like" goes back at least to the 1950s - anybody remember Maynard G Krebbs?

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(05-13-2015, 08:06 PM)justMongo Wrote: Interesting. I know a woman in Portland who makes her own mayo.
(Must be an Oregon thing.)

So, I'm on the opposite coast from Oregon. So I make my own mayo.
1 egg yolk 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp water 1 tsp dijon mustard 1 cup [I use less actually] avocado oil salt to taste

Use a stick immersion blender in a glass measuring cup.

Didn't know about the room temp for the egg, but it makes sense. So, usually by the time I get all the ingredients organized and find the parts to the blender, the egg yolk has warmed up anyhow.

Oh, and it won't emulsify if you use the juice from a whole lemon.
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So, I think it's too much work to make your own Mayo. You know?
Like, maby some day I'll try it. You know? Too-funny
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(05-13-2015, 02:27 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: 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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(05-14-2015, 04:31 AM)DeepBreathing Wrote: I think it's just one of those strange little language quirks which come and go. "You know" is in very wide use - I once heard Queen Elizabeth say it to somebody (on TV, I wasn't there personally) so I guess it's Queen's English now. And "like" goes back at least to the 1950s - anybody remember Maynard G Krebbs?

No, you did not hear the Queen say it, at least not in the way you think. Perhaps as a directive, but not as an added on and unreflected prefix. The Queen does not have an informal speech pattern, and remains quite mid-century in her speaking mannerisms.
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(05-13-2015, 03:53 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: So what?

Sew buttons on your underwear...!
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#17
So like I use so as a connector to you know break up the predicate of a run on sentence into like multiple sentences which I am prone to write when I am thinking through how to write a comprehensive answer while I am actually already typing it in response to you know a question that has like many facets and I'm looking for ways to like totally help the person when I'm not sure which facet of the answer is most important to them and inspired the original question.

Okay so you know I might like otherwise say therefore but I'm thinking that word is sometimes totally inappropriate and so therefore I start the sentence with so instead?

So you know I like totally hate mayonnaise but I like totally like Maynard.

I so hadn't noticed this on Shark Tank until you like just pointed it out (so see how I totally switched so away from the first word? That use of so grinds on my brain sometimes). So I would use so in response to questions from Mr Wonderful because his questions like almost always include you know a totally belligerent assertion and so then using so as the first word in a response is like a way to (1) lower the drama and like defuse the assertion and [B] you know like respond to the assertion without totally acknowledging it.

So you know sometimes it totally helps to put like an okay in front of the so.

Okay so like that's about all I got on this topic.

You know I am so like going to totally stop typing now.

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#18
I think it's a bad spoken speech habit, sort of like saying "uh" in order to fill up an uncomfortable blank space while trying to think up the next thing to say. It's particularly bad on TV and radio news where you abhor dead air and don't want to give your opponent a chance to break in.

From there, this bad habit has leaked into written speech as well.

Just think how bad things are going to get when speech to text becomes even more common. It's already bad enough with all the glitches autocorrect causes.
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Unfortunately, the use of "So" has become as common as receiving the response of "No problem" instead of a reply of "Your Welcome" after you have said "Thank You" .
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(05-14-2015, 02:28 PM)sgearhart Wrote: Unfortunately, the use of "So" has become as common as receiving the response of "No problem" instead of a reply of "Your Welcome" after you have said "Thank You" .

I initially thought "no problem" was an odd response too.

But as I've become more familiar with Spanish and Portuguese, I realize we are watching English come up with its own version of "de nada". (of nothing)

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