SO?

SO?

I’ve noticed an increase in the number of persons prefacing an answer to a question with the word, ‘So’. It seems to me to be entirely superfluous. I wondered if it is used to give a few more seconds to put together a reply. Yet people were using it who were not under any pressure to make a response.

I find you can frequently use a word quite easily and happily, yet when challenged as to its exact meaning you are stumped. So it is with ‘so’. Applying to the dictionary just confuses matters rather than clarifying them.

So what? So we start many of our sentences with So. Does this change the meaning so much​? Maybe our blogger is just a nit-picky so-and-so. If people feel the need to employ So constantly, so be it.

So I’ll leave you now. So nice, talking with you. So long.

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About adhocannie
I am a good natured woman with a long memory and a swift tongue. I like loooking at things and thinking about them. Also food, clothes, travel, reading, sewing. I try to see the ridiculous in things, but sobriety of reflection keeps edgting in. I have husband, children, grandchildren, friends... I feel rich in things that matter. I am a happy exile. I like writing. I do not like talking about me (though I do.). You willl be much more interesting.

3 Responses to SO?

  1. Sheena Murphy says:

    Beginning a sentence with ‘so’ is one of my pet peeves, too. I noticed it among the science types about 15 years ago and it’s slowly infiltrated general speech. I also despise it when people try to make a point by starting, off, “Look,” or “Listen.” Those have become such contrivances. There are rhetorical devices and then there is colloquial conversational sloppiness!

  2. adhocannie says:

    What I find interesting is how it’s taken up by everybody – I would guess without them being aware of doing so. I doubt if the average person thinks to himself, I will follow the current fashion and reply… So. I must insert kid’s vests…

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