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The usage of "well"

  1. Apr 14, 2017 #21
    If you start a new thread on the misuse of the English language we could have some fun.

    BTW my Pol-Sci prof, a practicing lawyer, made a point to demonstrate the misuse of language to mislead and obfuscate for political purposes.
  2. Apr 14, 2017 #22


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    He brought the misuse to the class ( I guess his wife/gf )?

    EDIT: I don't like 'essay'. If they ask for my essay, I reply, "I don't just have the essay, I _am_ the esse" ( you know, cheesy-movie gang talk);).
  3. Apr 15, 2017 #23


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    Well, yes, of course he means "imply" ...[COLOR=#black].[/COLOR] :oldbiggrin:

    I'm not fond of sentences that begin with the word "so".

    Well, like, well you know, ... so im new hear, so i have this new theory, so ...

    This hit the spot, though. [COLOR=#black]..[/COLOR] :thumbup:
  4. Apr 15, 2017 #24
    Well, like, you know, So?, It's cool, except fake news that's uncool.
    Unicorns will be denied, fake passengers must accumulate in the lower decks.
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  5. Apr 15, 2017 #25
    I tend to take "Well ..." as a shorthand for "In light of the information we've just been discussing ..."

    The way my peeps and I use it is to indicate a decision, conclusion, or summary type of assessment.

    In other cases, it is simply a signal for a transition in thinking or the present discourse.

    More appropriate for spoken communication or informal written communication that is substituting for speaking.

    I wouldn't think it appropriate for most formal writing.

    Well, now that I think of it, there are exceptions ...
  6. Apr 16, 2017 #26


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    :ok:... I finally caught this...[COLOR=#black].[/COLOR] lol
    gleem has it right, though, misuse is the correct word...[COLOR=#black].[/COLOR] :gradcap:

    For your pun to work, gleem would have had to use the word missus... it was a pun, right ? [COLOR=#black].[/COLOR] :peacesign:
  7. Apr 16, 2017 #27
    Another interjection which is quite popular in a response to a question by a politician and IMO more irritating that "well" is "look" easily interpreted as "What don't you get".
  8. Apr 16, 2017 #28


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    Well, that is a hole in the ground into which water collects. :oldbiggrin:
  9. Apr 16, 2017 #29


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    I am writing a book on jokes that only work verbally but not in writing, sort of within the family of no-joke jokes, but not quite.
  10. Apr 18, 2017 #30
    Thanks, that's a good read.
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