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Reader Letter: Symptomatic, like, you know - I’m fed up of young people using fillers in speech

PUBLISHED: 15:05 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:35 14 September 2017

Am I alone in thinking the array of fillers or distractions in speech – often but not exclusively by young people – such as “you know” and “like” are symptomatic of an inability to think clearly and plan what the person is going to say.

Communication is a two-way process, and a speaker should consider whether the hearer is likely to receive what the former is attempting to put across.

That is hindered if there are too many barriers peppered through a statement.

“You know” suggests the other person does, indeed, already know what’s being said, rendering the statement unnecessary.

“Like” demeans an assertion as being something less than is being stated.

Oh well, maybe I should, like, give up and, you know, stop stating the obvious?

Steve Burrows, Necton Road, Swaffham

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