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    Default Do you use those useless words?

    I wonder this be linked to typology...

    Do you use those "expressions," those useless words that I find so annoying when they are use "in a particular way," which is how a lot of people use them.

    • Yea no, I was home.
    • He's like fat.
    • I don't know, I guess I like it, you know?
    • It tastes good, I mean I like it.
    • He's so dead.


    Personally, I find this utterly annoying and I know I missed a few "expressions." I never do that... But then again, I'm not a native speaker, so maybe I'm not a good subject to compare. On the other hand, native language of mine has at least one similar expression that is used quite often, which I don't use either.

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    Do they work at Burger King or Dairy Queen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    Do they work at Burger King or Dairy Queen?
    Mainly IT guys.

    If you're talking about people from around here, we've no Burger King or Dairy Queen.

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    Im not sure, I might have done at one point in my younger years.
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    I genuinely thought I would outgrow using "like" after high school. But I'm from the West Coast, so apparently I'm doomed to use it until I'm old and gray (and although I haven't lived on the West Coast for ten years...)
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    Yeah no, I *so* use those words. I mean, it's not like I've got somebody to impress, you know? Seriously. It depends who I'm talking to.

    I intersperse oversized words with colloquialisms, bad grammar, nerdisms and slang picked up from my depression era grandmother, my teenage kids and most periods in between. These kinds of things happen when a kid from a trailer park develops a reading addiction. I believe that English was made to be mangled and I try to do my part.
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    Sometimes people make things into questions when they aren't? By lifting their voice at the end of the sentence?

    Yes, it happens, and is also useless. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    Sometimes people make things into questions when they aren't? By lifting their voice at the end of the sentence?

    Yes, it happens, and is also useless. ?
    I don't see it as a common occurrence, but that is, indeed, odd. I don't find it annoying, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Typoz View Post
    I don't see it as a common occurrence, but that is, indeed, odd. I don't find it annoying, however.
    I hear it less these days, but lots of young(er) people still do it?

    Yes, yes they do.

    Might be a West coast phenomenon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    Sometimes people make things into questions when they aren't? By lifting their voice at the end of the sentence?

    Yes, it happens, and is also useless. ?

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