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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: "Yeah, no..." Reply with quote

I'm so sick of this. Just when the nonsensical expression, "at the end of the day", seems to have reached market saturation, another idiotic phrase is spewing from the mouths of the talking heads. "Yeah, no..." or "No, yeah..." I must've heard this utterance twenty times in so many minutes during my Saturday morning viewing of the national news. These are interviews, debates, and extemporaneous conversations of alleged educated people. I'm theorizing that the first word, "yeah" is acknowledging the question, while the "no" is the actual answer. However, the purposes and the words can be inverted. I'm probably giving them too much credit. These are more likely to be modern versions of the filler words, "uh" and "um" that their college speach instructor scolded them for using. These are phrases that simply buy them time to think of the politically correct answer to the question. Whatever the reason, stop it! You sound like a junior high kid who would be virtually mute if it weren't for their crutch-word, "like".
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