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Annoying verbal tics?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Britalian, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. A Harris

    A Harris Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, yeah I hear ya. I was like, thinking about this the other day, and well, basically, everyone uses these things you know. I mean, I was like talking to my brother a minute ago, and he was like dude, you’ve got a tic, and I was like, um, a tick, where? And he was all, you know, a tic, not a tick. You know what I'm sayin. But anyways, not a problem. Yes?

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  2. acidboy

    acidboy Stylish Dinosaur

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    basically, the ah, uhm thing that i hella hate most is like the uhm use of "my god" and "yeah baby", okiedokie?
     


  3. JBZ

    JBZ Distinguished Member

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    I agree with all of this with one exception. When Irish women say "um", something in the accent makes it sound really sexy. It's probably just me.
     


  4. Quirk

    Quirk Distinguished Member

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    Hell, the right Irish accent can make anything sound sexy.
     


  5. Thomas

    Thomas Stylish Dinosaur

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    I've heard this one a bit, from multiple sources...

    yeah, no...(or) no, yeah...

    as in "no, yeah, that's fine."

    well, which is it then??? Yes or no? They are mutually exclusive! Heads or Tails? Beef or Chicken? Yes or No?
     


  6. Quirk

    Quirk Distinguished Member

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    I've heard this one a bit, from multiple sources...

    yeah, no...(or) no, yeah...


    I've only heard that as "yeeeaah... [about that, the answer is] no", e.g.,

    "Lumbergh, you said you'd get back to me about whether you could give me that salary increase?"

    "Yeeeaaah... No."
     


  7. Saucemaster

    Saucemaster Sized Down 2

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    I've heard this one a bit, from multiple sources...

    yeah, no...(or) no, yeah...

    as in "no, yeah, that's fine."

    well, which is it then??? Yes or no? They are mutually exclusive! Heads or Tails? Beef or Chicken? Yes or No?


    I actually love this one. I had a friend who used to do it, and I was delighted to discover that I'd picked it up through osmosis. He (and now, by memetic infection, I) would say it really quick, as in:

    YOU: "That album is awesome!"
    HIM: "Yeahno it sucks."

    I don't know why I like it, but I do. I still do it sometimes--never tried to excise it from my verbal repertoire.
     


  8. Thomas

    Thomas Stylish Dinosaur

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    I actually love this one. I had a friend who used to do it, and I was delighted to discover that I'd picked it up through osmosis. He (and now, by memetic infection, I) would say it really quick, as in:

    YOU: "That album is awesome!"
    HIM: "Yeahno it sucks."

    I don't know why I like it, but I do. I still do it sometimes--never tried to excise it from my verbal repertoire.


    The irony of this (and the reason for clenched teeth on my part) is that the two major offenders are a sales rep and a student in law school. Both of them should know to be more precise with their words, particularly the law student, who will likely get eviscerated with those precise words thrown back at her - yeah, no, well which is it?
     


  9. The Deacon

    The Deacon Distinguished Member

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    ya know?

    see whut ahm sayin'?

    ahhh,ummm simultaneously

    Knowing that it is a habit of hers, I readied my pen to record the following:
    One coworker said ahhh+ummm 63 times during a 5 minute monologue on her current work activities for her superior at a staff meeting. In her case it indicates nerves because during formal presentations and trainings she is concise and very well spoken. I had to slowly exhale and go zen/samahdi like to be able to bear it without plucking my follicles.
     


  10. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Fashion Hayzus

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    "like"

    to me it signify being a teenager or undereducated.[​IMG]


    What if you are like a very comparative person?
     


  11. Fade to Black

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    i'm guilty of pretty much all of the above. i think it's because i speak much faster than i think and it gets to a point where in order to slow myself down and kinda get back on track with the pace of the conversation i'll have to use these as a self regulating technique. I've delivered proposals, speeches and pitches completely off the top of my head without much preparation...kinda like the way i studied for exams in college, i'd just look at a few keywords and expand from there, so i never really deliberately think about what i'm gonna say before i say it. The way I organize my thoughts is weird, i just need a few "alarm" words that may not be related and i can piece together something cohesive out of it. It's good in that it allows me to be spontaneous, bad in that i end up always being underprepared for anything due to my laziness since i'm aware i have this trait. oh well
     


  12. odoreater

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    I struggle with "you know." When I speak, it sounds fine and the "you knows" fit in very well with my demeanor and manner of speaking. But, when I read it on a transcript, the "you knows" look and read terribly. I've been able to significantly curb it the more times I speak in the presence of a court reporter making a transcript, but I still haven't fully eradicated it.
     


  13. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    "Yah, no" is the ultimate Canadian tic.

    For me, it's non-Brits who say "cheers" instead of goodbye.
     


  14. jkennett

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    I agree with all of this with one exception. When Irish women say "um", something in the accent makes it sound really sexy. It's probably just me.
    Since this thread is already resurrected, I figured I'd correct this guy's slight misunderstanding with the Irish "pause" word... They're saying "em", not "um". I'll agree that some types of Irish accent are very attractive though. Particularly the ones that do not sound like the fake brogue that Americans often associate with Irish people.
     


  15. somecallmebj

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    Good ol' necroposting.

    I'll admit, I'm a victim of "like", but only occasionally and in conversations with friends. As soon as the word slips out of my mouth, I almost automatically become conscious of it, and I try to stop saying it.

    I had a professor who frequently repeated the last word of his sentence sentence. It seemed as if he would just mumble it to himself, but it was still audible audible.
     


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