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Old 04-04-2014, 11:45 AM   #21
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This is more of a syntax issue than a buzzword, but it annoys me when I hear people starting out a sentence with "So....." almost as of they were telling a story.

"So.....I just got my car detailed."
"So.....how is your new job?"
"So.....I hear your house sold."
"So.....what are you doing this week-end?"


So....what is with that? I find it annoying.
Me too. You already said what I had come to this thread to post about. As you say, it's not a buzzword - more of a syntax/grammatical issue.

It irks me a bit when my FB friends begin their status updates with something along the lines of, "So I was (fill in blanks)......."

That probably immediately identifies me as a prime student for the grumpy old man class
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:00 PM   #22
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I teach public speaking. My students lose points when they start the speech with "so." As I tell them, you start a speech intentionally, with planned words. Starting it with "so" sounds like neither.

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Me too. You already said what I had come to this thread to post about. As you say, it's not a buzzword - more of a syntax/grammatical issue.

It irks me a bit when my FB friends begin their status updates with something along the lines of, "So I was (fill in blanks)......."

That probably immediately identifies me as a prime student for the grumpy old man class
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:10 PM   #23
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When people start a sentence with a drawn out "So..." I generally think it is just their way of interrupting the speaker and also giving themselves a second or two to formulate their words. Not the most professional way to communicate. Sort of like saying multiple "You know"'s during their talk.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:16 PM   #24
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Agreed, Keim and David. The use of the word "so" at the beginning of a sentence is unnecessary. In all the examples I can think of, all you have to do is remove that one word and the rest of the sentence still stands, with no change in meaning whatsoever.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:28 PM   #25
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Interesting link about this.

So It Turns Out That Everyone’s Starting Sentences With ‘So’ – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:09 PM   #26
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Not sure if it is a workplace buzzword or not since I've never worked for MegaCorp but I sure am tired of hearing it in the real world.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:09 PM   #27
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I remember an e-mail that was sent out a few years back, introducing a new executive. It included a notice that she would "office" (used as a verb) in a particular location. Luckily this didn't seem to catch on.
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[I remember an e-mail that was sent out a few years back, introducing a new executive. It included a notice that she would "office" (used as a verb) in a particular location. Luckily this didn't seem to catch on.

I never heard that one.

Maybe when I resigned, I should have said, "I think I'll go office somewhere else for a while".
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:54 PM   #30
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So, mine is "bandwidth". Had a CEO a few jobs ago who loved that one.

Count me among the folks who use "so" a lot in my speech and casual (among friends) email/text conversations. Laziness, true.
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"Diversity--overused to the extent that it has become all but meaningless
"I don't have a dog in that fight/horse in that race"--I heard this twice this week in two separate meetings.
"We at [name of my university] are a family"--yeah, a big dysfunctional family I guess.
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"Stay on top of ..." - depends on what's at the bottom.
"Stays in this room ..." - the most oft broken agreement, and pretty quickly
"Are we having fun yet?" - outdated. I am having so much fun that I could die (or FIRE).
"How was your weekend?" - on Mondays and Tuesdays (sometimes).
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My supervisor in a past consulting firm I worked for always used the phrase "expand the envelope" (aka.. suck more projects out of the client).

Another term he like to use was a good client is a "base load client"...keeps us busy....
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Me: So?
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I feel like starting a sentence with "So" is like clearing your throat to get attention. I subconsciously use it sometimes, but I think it's because if I start right in, my listener(s) don't catch the first part of what I'm saying, and I have to repeat it. Instead, by the time I get "So" out with a short pause, they are listening. It's also a way to introduce a new topic. If I'm talking with people at a party, or on a group run, and one conversation tails off, I might start with "So" to indicate this is something new, and not a delayed continuation of the last conversation. YMMV.

Thankfully I've been out of the workplace long enough that I've forgotten most of the buzzwords that annoyed me, though "paradigm" lasted way too long.
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Once when someone asked me what paradigms are, I said "20 cents".
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"How was your weekend?"
This one's always annoyed me, because nobody really cares. None of my coworkers care what I did over the weekend, any more than I care what they did.

I've gotten to the point when somebody asks me how my weekend was, I just reply I spent all weekend doing laundry, or some other mundane boring task. They must all think by now I sit around washing the car, vacuuming, or watching paint peel.

I also learned long ago not to reciprocate and ask them how their weekend was, because so many people have kids, they launch into a diatribe on all the family stuff they did, and that just bores me to tears (I don't have kids).

I guess I'm just becoming a grumpy old man the older I get. Now get off my lawn!
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