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Er,er, um, um

  1. Jul 21, 2006 #1

    wolram

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    It drives me nuts, a guy being interviewed on the radio, every time he spoke it was er,er,er,then there are the (you knowers) and the (umers) :grumpy:

    Interviewer, what do you think about X?

    Guest, well, er,er, um it is er, er, :mad:
     
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  3. Jul 21, 2006 #2

    Lisa!

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    er, er, um, um :rofl:
    It just drives me crazy and I want to kill myself when it last so much time for some people to respond to something! :grumpy:
     
  4. Jul 21, 2006 #3
    You can't expect everyone to be wonderful on the radio... some people just aren't cut out for it?
    It bugs me, too, though... I just figure that I wouldn't be any better. :p
     
  5. Jul 21, 2006 #4
    That is a sign of poor communications skills and lack of experience with rhetoric.

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  6. Jul 21, 2006 #5

    FredGarvin

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    It's also a sign that the speaker doesn't have a clue as to what they are talking about.
     
  7. Jul 21, 2006 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    It is also a nervous habbit that can happen when people either don't have a lot of speaking experience, or when they are in a new situation.

    It drives me nuts too.
     
  8. Jul 21, 2006 #7

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    Unfortunately, it is a cumulative habit.
     
  9. Jul 21, 2006 #8

    wolram

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    Why not just pause to think what you want to say, instead of filling in with
    er,er,er, um,ums ?
     
  10. Jul 21, 2006 #9

    arildno

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    Horror vacui.... :smile:
     
  11. Jul 21, 2006 #10

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    That requires training. One must remain calm when stressed.

    I also recently listened to someone who punctuated her sentences with ah, er, um, you know, and I found it rather distracting and unpleasant.
     
  12. Jul 21, 2006 #11

    wolram

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    Why should that be a problem? everyone must know that time is needed to think, so what if the radio goes quite for a few seconds, i would much prefer that to an onslaught of um,um,um, er, er, ers.
     
  13. Jul 21, 2006 #12

    wolram

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    Well i have not been trained and i do not use fill in noises.
     
  14. Jul 21, 2006 #13

    arildno

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    No, I was just offering a diagnosis of the er-umers. :smile:
     
  15. Jul 21, 2006 #14
    It's also, um, generally allowed, um, in normal, um, day to day, um, speaking.
    You know?
     
  16. Jul 21, 2006 #15

    arildno

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    mmm..yeah..mmm. Gobble.
    Was that what you meant??
     
  17. Jul 21, 2006 #16
    er...I'm, not sure I follow you? Can, um, you explain er...again :uhh:

    :rofl:
     
  18. Jul 21, 2006 #17

    wolram

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    One time i had a boss who when asked a question he had no ansewer for, would, start from an upright possition and slowly recline into his directors chair, all the time holding a steady erm, that would not have been so bad,
    but his usual ansewer would be, what do you think.:grumpy:
     
  19. Jul 21, 2006 #18

    BobG

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    As someone else mentioned, it's accepted (and sometimes required) in everyday speech.

    Not only are there different types of speakers, there's different types of listeners. Ever have someone ask you a question who gets upset if you think about your answer silently for a few seconds before answering? It's very natural for a person to feel obligated to fill up the silence just to reassure the listener that they're not being ignored.
     
  20. Jul 21, 2006 #19

    wolram

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    If the speaker wants attention that is a sure way of not getting it, it makes them sound like bumbling idiots.
     
  21. Jul 21, 2006 #20

    wolram

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    And no Bob, i once had to sit in a meeting with a board of directors from a group of companies and explain why a new machine they were relying on did not work, when they asked me a question i had to think and give a clear ansewer, my company came out very badly but the directors offered me a
    job, i had to turn down as kia had just arrived.
     
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