This thread was inspired by an earlier thread on the usage of "we." https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/the-usage-of-we.908046/ I dislike the use of "well" to begin a sentence in some contexts. Here is a made up example. [begin example] Recently I've noticed many news stories about Artificial Intelligence. You may be wondering what exactly is "Artificial Intelligence." Well, I'm going to pontificate on this issue for a while, in order to enlighten you clueless readers. Of course if I was speaking to you in person I would pronounce the word "well" in a long drawn out sort of way, and look at you in a condescending fashion. You see, I need to pause a bit to give myself time to figure out how to simplify this complex topic for you. I must come down to your level, you inferior person. Pardon my smirk, but I can't help it as I think about how superior I am. [end example] Perhaps I am being a bit harsh on the usage of "well?" I may be reading too much into it. Perhaps people who begin a sentence with "well, ..." don't mean to be condescending. But in any case I don't see how it serves any useful purpose.