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Erm, I mean, you know...

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Erm, I mean, you know...

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that 'erms', 'you knows' and 'I means' are being used more frequently these days, especially in interviews.
Just watched an interview with Pete Waterman on Whitney Houston and his frequent use of the above was getting on, you know, my nerves Angry
I mean, there isn't, erm, any, you know, need to for it - is there?

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Snap!
I was complaining the very same just yesterday in a family conversation.
It is extremely annoying especially to hear it from Reporters on the box.
It is probably due to the perpetrator(s) ill preparation on the subject or even, may I say, a lack of interest in the subject and therefore inability to allow their thoughts to flow
Actually  usually only the"erm "s fall into this part of your thread...
the "you know"'s are just a lack of good english....
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and not just speech, but finishing a printed comment, haha
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Can become a bad habit, although it comes in useful on those occasions when you find yourself starting to express your views on something and suddenly realise that you don't actually have any views on that subject!  Shocked  Smiley
Tiresome, but not as tiresome as the word "like" used several times in every sentence, or the rarer but even more peculiar habit of starting a reply with "Yes no........" (like what's that all about like?)  Undecided
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Frequent use of the 'you know' phrase annoys me also.
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Annoys me also, specifically "erm, er, basically, absolutely" from radio and TV people
Also have an pet dislike for clichés, at the end of the day, in actual fact, to be fair, to be honest, touch base, end of play, walk the walk and talk..., same hymn sheet, game of two halves,                and so on
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and that PR phrase  "Street Map" when it goes no where near a road
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@Mav (OP) I was listening briefly to LBC radio earlier on this morning, when an interview with a female professional broadcaster speaking about Whitney Houston. Almost every reply to questions was prefixed with "y'know" Unfortunately I didn't catch her name. But she very modestly pointed out she was part of the regular celebrity set.
And this was from a "professional broadcaster"
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Yes but...  No But........
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And, erm, it `s sort of , more noticeable, I think, if you see what I mean, when you use subtitles, you know,................ Cheesy
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I'm glad it's not just me that erm, you know, dislikes this trend.
Actually, this also reminds me of an elderly a neighbour years ago who, whenever she was gossiping would add the words 'She said' at the the start of every sentence. I was not gossiping - I was under 10 Wink

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How many of us really dislike the phrase "the atmosphere was electric"?
I don't know what it means and hate to hear it used so many times.
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full of static people and thunderous applause?Huh
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The one that gets me annoyed is something that has begun fairly recently, where people who are talking start every sentence with 'So'. It really irritates me when I hear someone being interviewed and every answer begins with 'So, ...'. It seems to be mainly techies and scientists that suffer from this disorder, which tends to make me think it has something to do with over-exposure to the online world, though I haven't a clue where it comes from really.