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"So, in answer to your question..."

 
 
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Tue 31 Jul, 2012 11:20 am
@Setanta,
Yeah, it's the young'ns. I hear this all the time on NPR, often in the combination "OK, so..."

NPR HOST: What's the outlook for the economy?
YOUNG NPR REPORTER: OK, so, the economy is ....
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 07:04 am
I was just listening to an interview on the radio. The interviewee is a native of India, and she was addressing the subject of the huge Indian blackout. She continually responded to questions with sentences beginning with "OK, so . . ." This is an intelligent, well-educated and articulate woman. She is a professor of Political Science and the head of the Department of Political Science at York University (Toronto).

It's really scary . . . they're everywhere!
Joe Nation
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 07:32 am
@Setanta,
Rats.
I use "So" and "Okay, so," all the time because...erm...I think it makes me sound colloquial.
(I'm not kidding, I write a monthly letter to the shareholders of my building and there's always a couple of "Okay. So"s in there and an ...erm..or two.)

I never use it/them when I'm being serious or speaking officially. The producers of the radio news show ought to have a word with the reporters.

So, not colloquial, more like juvenile.

Joe(double rats)Nation
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 08:01 am
@Joe Nation,
Joe Nation wrote:

Rats.
I use "So" and "Okay, so," all the time because...erm...I think it makes me sound colloquial.

Not a problem if you're using them in statements. But if you begin every response to a question with "OK, so," you need to stop doing that.
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 09:22 am
@Joe Nation,
There's not much that producers can do about the remarks made by people in live interviews.
Thomas
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 11:56 am
@joefromchicago,
joefromchicago wrote:
Not a problem if you're using them in statements. But if you begin every response to a question with "OK, so," you need to stop doing that.

OK, so stipulated.
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 12:46 pm
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

There's not much that producers can do about the remarks made by people in live interviews.

A well-timed bitch-slapping might not be uncalled for.
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 12:48 pm
@joefromchicago,
Wow . . . great idea . . . that could really inject some life into the CBC . . .
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thack45
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 01:20 pm
@joefromchicago,
joefromchicago wrote:

A well-timed bitch-slapping might not be uncalled for.

You could use those for all sorts of things
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 09:02 am
At 2:20

David Greene: "Could they find something that would be significant?"
Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "So, there's no specific instrument designed to detect life..."
Thomas
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 09:24 am
@joefromchicago,
How long, do you think, until you use the introductory "so" in your job? "How does your client plead?" "So, we plead not guilty, your honor."
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 11:31 am
@Thomas,
The day after NEVER!
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JTT
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 09:53 pm
@Setanta,
Quote:
This is an intelligent, well-educated and articulate woman.


So, I've heard the same mentioned about you, Set, but then you come along 'n blow that idea all to rat ****.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 09:27 am
I'm listening to an interview of a Swedish restauranteur, which is quite interesting, especially he discussion of the "new Nordic cuisine." However, the reason i am posting here is that the interviewer begins by asking him to describe his cuisine. He responds: "So, . . .

OH MY GOD ! ! ! It's spreading to non-native speakers! The horror, the horror . . . Oh the humanity ! ! !
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 10:29 am
These days I'm hearing it more from academics in the hard sciences. Astrophysicist and media hound Neil deGrasse Tyson does it a lot. This guy, on the Colbert Report recently, does too.

Stephen Colbert: What is the Personal Genome Project? Why do we need a personal one?
George Church: So that is the only project in the world ...
McTag
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 11:01 am

"To be honest...." that's worse.
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 11:39 am
It occurs to me that no less a figure than John F. Kennedy used to begin answers to questions with "So, let me say this about that..... ."

Joe(sometimes Now, let me say... .)Nation
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 01:02 pm
@Joe Nation,
That 'so' has been around for a long long time, Joe. JFK couldn't have been doing Joe's 'so'. That's of much more recent vintage.
Joe Nation
 
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Reply Thu 11 Oct, 2012 01:19 pm
@JTT,
Pray tell, what do you see as the subtle difference between JFK's and Joe's.

Joe(Can't be the spelling)Nation
Thomas
 
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Reply Fri 12 Oct, 2012 10:31 am
@joefromchicago,
joefromchicago wrote:
These days I'm hearing it more from academics in the hard sciences.

So sorry.
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