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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
"You know"
Spending some time overseas, where I soon picked up "No Worries" off the Aussie residents of the Canadian Rockies, it's become increasingly obvious to me that there is a disease at the heart of the English language. That is the phrase "You know".

Inserted into any conversation for any reason, we're so anti the idea that we should pause to think, perhaps dropping the conch, rather than keep the motormouth running.

Today I think I only "you know"ed twice, but still each time I kicked myself.

So LJ masses, after I failed to post the "Tell me something interesting I missed not having been back through two weeks of your journal" earlier this week I will challenge you all to "Count your "you know"s for the day" and post the results.

Go on - you know you want to...


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shermarama From: shermarama Date: March 9th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Good grief, that could get very difficult, I 'you know' a lot. And around certain not-far-past-teenage members of my band I do an awful lot of 'like'ing too.

I generally have at least one phrase that I'm trying to stop myself saying at any one time, but it doesn't really help because they just go round in loops. 'Crikey', 'fair do's', 'actually', 'basically' and 'it's all good mate' are top contenders.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 9th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
No-one said it would be easy soldier!

It's just something that is slowly and inescapably turning from an "observation" to an "irritant" to a "die-die-die" issue for me.

And hello btw - when did you arrive; and indeed who are you? :-) (In a nice friendly happy way, not a nasty unwelcoming way!)
shermarama From: shermarama Date: March 9th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Hello, I've been reading for a while now and didn't realise I hadn't commented before. I think I got here through davefish from something to do with gigs and photography. I don't do photography but I can kind of feel its lure; for now I tend to be on the other side of the lens playing the gigs, although you can never see me in photos because I'm the drummer.

So far I don't think I've said 'you know' today but I've certainly done a lot of 'so, yeah'ing as I've just been talking to a bloke visiting our department about stuff to do with my research and we've been kind of carefully dancing around to find the common viewpoints.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 9th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah - it's possible I've missed comments in the past, or I was feeling sociable yesterday...

But anyway, you know, make youself welcome and enjoy. I just listened to a presentation peppered with "you know"s and am considering devoting my life to eradicating the verbal pause from my behaviour.

Meanwhile, back in the real world...
mr_h_r_hughes From: mr_h_r_hughes Date: March 9th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bitter Fruit.

Out in the world eradicating verbal pauses with righteous ire! You're like Batman, just Batman with leather elbow-patches and tan brogues. Hehehehehe.

putrescine From: putrescine Date: March 9th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Thankfully my parents disabused me of the "you know" syndrome at an early age, via the expedient message of a tirade of shouting each time I used the phrase. It was tough love.
furzepig From: furzepig Date: March 9th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Is this at the beginning of a sentence, like: "You know, that's the third time I've eaten a bee today"?

I have trouble thinking of me using it in conversation. As I'm off out to idle in a cafe for the morning I shall use the opportunity to earwig and see how much it gets used up here. Not likely to be talking to many people myself. There may be something different used here, though this city's not an ideal candidate for the study. Not many people here are locals. :-)

I did notice the other day (thanks to Xbox Live headset feedback feeding me my own voice - grr!) that I have an inability to speak the ends of words; the last half syllables get lost somewhere. It was very disturbing.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 9th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Just verbal pauses. Interesting article here.
mr_h_r_hughes From: mr_h_r_hughes Date: March 9th, 2007 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Could I count the phrase 'fit for purpose' instead ? I don't use it but every idiotic c**t on the TV and tadio news seems to be spewing it out in any and every situation like a bunch of especially unimaginative parrots at the moment.

This is why I have 'Linguistic Hygiene' on my interests list.
richc From: richc Date: March 9th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
One of our senior management types here has a really bad case of the 'You know' disease. A ten minute talk has been known to contain close on 200 'you know's. Makes me want to shout 'No, we don't know, that's why you're telling us about it!'
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