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Ether
02-15-2012, 10:08 AM
I see an increasing number of students starting their posts with the word "So", as in "So our team decided to ...".

Is this a new fad? In what part of the country did it originate? And, is there any chance it might overtake the (mis)use of the word "like" ?

These questions haunt me.

Nate Laverdure
02-15-2012, 10:17 AM
It is a fad!

Very observant of you. I didn't notice the trend until I read this article (http://anand.ly/articles/so-pushes-to-the-head-of-the-line) (which I was brought to by this Boing Boing post (http://boingboing.net/2010/06/17/origins-of-using-so.html)) by Anand Giridharadas of the New York Times a while back.

Taylor
02-15-2012, 10:19 AM
I'm willing to accept using the word "so" to start sentences. However, I will not abide by people who end their sentence with that word.

MrForbes
02-15-2012, 10:27 AM
It's not just students, lots of older folks do it to.

I notice that I do it sometimes.

wilsonmw04
02-15-2012, 10:27 AM
So, yeah. Like, this is how kids talk now days...

Can you get hip to the new scene, Daddo?



All joking aside, give it 6-12 months and it will go away.

Nate Laverdure
02-15-2012, 10:28 AM
However, I will not abide by people who end their sentence with that word.
I'm sure that's not entirely so. Now, misusing "effect" and "affect"-- that bothers me so! Don't you say so?

(hehe)

Ether
02-15-2012, 10:31 AM
All joking aside, give it 6-12 months and it will go away.

So, I'm like, like "like" went away after 6-12 months?

wilsonmw04
02-15-2012, 10:38 AM
So, I'm like, like "like" went away after 6-12 months?



fair enough, but I think fads come and go faster now days.

compwiztobe
02-15-2012, 10:59 AM
I'm sure that's not entirely so. Now, misusing "effect" and "affect"-- that bothers me so! Don't you say so?

(hehe)

That and "defiantly" :mad: ...

Our cross country, track and field, and nordic skiing coach for four years had some interesting speech patterns that involved ending most of his sentences with "so" or "so yeah... so." Great coach, though.

JaneYoung
02-15-2012, 11:13 AM
'So' used in the manner in which you are referring - at the beginning of post - can be very effective. It can be used as a continuation of a conversation or discussion. Dean Kamen has used it effectively, in my opinion, building a bridge of discussion between seasons.

Jane

Ether
02-15-2012, 11:23 AM
'So' used in the manner in which you are referring - at the beginning of post - can be very effective. It can be used as a continuation of a conversation or discussion.

So true! But I should have been clearer: I was referring to posts which start a new thread,
where the "So" has no backward context.

JaneYoung
02-15-2012, 02:23 PM
So true! But I should have been clearer: I was referring to posts which start a new thread,
where the "So" has no backward context.




Maybe not where we (the CD community/readers) could see it and follow.

I don't have a problem with the use of "So". It's the "HELP!!!!!!" titles that tend to be frustrating to me. I'm never sure whether to call 911 or not. :)

Jane

nitneylion452
02-15-2012, 03:34 PM
I can't stand trends like these. It is so annoying when someone uses "like" every other work. Like really. You like need to learn like how to speak English right. I'm a bit of a self proclaimed grammar Nazi and sentences like that last one get under my skin.

EricVanWyk
02-15-2012, 03:41 PM
I always thought that so and like were being used like umm and err - as filler noise as the brain finished creating the sentence. I'm not sure how that maps to typed dialog...

Ether
01-27-2014, 04:12 PM
give it 6-12 months and it will go away.

Not.

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Lil' Lavery
01-27-2014, 04:19 PM
"So" what?

;)

thursam
01-27-2014, 04:21 PM
I do this sometimes when talking as well, but not when writing - which I find mildly strange. I don't do it often, so that's good, but I wish I didn't do it at all. It's like using "like" and "yeah" when describing something.
The main cause is probably my environment/peers. Public high schools (or my high school, at least) tends to lack in terms of grammar and relies more on colloquial slang.

gpetilli
01-27-2014, 04:27 PM
This was the very next thread I read after "So"....

http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?t=125333

big chuckle

MechEng83
01-27-2014, 04:59 PM
I'm willing to accept using the word "so" to start sentences. However, I will not abide by people who end their sentence with that word.

You must hate Jean Luc Picard.

Tytus Gerrish
01-28-2014, 02:17 AM
given that so is an interjection, it's approipate to start a sentence with the word.

however if it's not a punctuation. when used to terminate a sentence it drives me absolutly nuts so

Foster
01-28-2014, 03:42 AM
I too have fallen befoul of the dreaded "So" at the start of a sentence but, I've been trying to correct it in written communications.

When I proof read before I hit send (and we all do that right?) I look for "So" at the start and in most cases I can delete it and capitalize the next word.

I can't think of anyone around me that uses "so" at the end, I'll need to listen more for it in conversations.

The word "like" repeated a number of times seems to be on the downturn. But I do have a favorite mentor that sometimes gets stuck and I'll get "You know the thing like the ummm the watcha ma thing like, you know like...." I just need to wait for the brain to catch up to the tongue and wait for "the red, long handled electrical crimp tool." :rolleyes:

Taylor
01-30-2014, 10:03 AM
You must hate Jean Luc Picard.

Is that a Star Wars guy?

MechEng83
01-30-2014, 10:35 AM
Is that a Star Wars guy?

Can't tell if he's serious, or trolling

For those who might not know, Picard is the captain of the Enterprise in Star Trek The Next Generation. A common phrase from him is "Make it so."

Carolyn_Grace
01-30-2014, 10:37 AM
So, when I was in high school, my speech teacher taught us that many people, especially teenagers, had a tendency to say "like" in the middle of sentences as an unconscious attempt to fill an awkward void.

She encouraged us to use the words "now" or "so" instead, as a way to make us more aware of when we felt the need to do this.

I use "so" way too much.
Because language.

Ty Tremblay
01-30-2014, 10:46 AM
So?

inkling16
01-30-2014, 11:20 AM
My favorite was always when someone finishing a presentation in class with the sentence "So, um, like, yeah." Not one bit of information conveyed.

I too see the word "defiantly" accidentally used much too often.

Wayne Doenges
01-30-2014, 11:21 AM
Another thing that annoys me is when someone says: "Do you see what I'm saying?" NO, I hear what you're saying. Unless I'm using drugs, I don't see words :D

Ether
01-30-2014, 11:26 AM
Another thing that annoys me is when someone says: "Do you see what I'm saying?" NO, I hear what you're saying. Unless I'm using drugs, I don't see words :D

"See" the attachment, definition (2) :)

Qbot2640
01-30-2014, 11:40 AM
Can't tell if he's serious, or trolling

For those who might not know, Picard is the captain of the Enterprise in Star Trek The Next Generation. A common phrase from him is "Make it so."

A little late for it's "Christmas-ness"...but right on time considering how many of us are out of school for....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiSn2JuDQSc

Ether
01-30-2014, 12:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiSn2JuDQSc

Somebody had WAY too much time on their hands...