I am weaving to work out from under my pattern of going through long spats of time without writing anything but I noticed that when I do emerge with something I write in a flurry. This leads to me noticing in the editing process a lot of common contextually meaningless phrases that don’t do anything in the sentences. It also strikes me that I speak these phrases as well as I’ve been recording some of my unfiltered thoughts.
I’ve listened to a lot of sports talking heads in my life too and a lot of them lean HEAVILY on this type of fluff language and in some cases become notable catch phrases in a way (if you’re familiar think Stephen A. Smith and his 'you’re wrong and here’s why…")
When you write or talk, do you notice anything like this coming from you and finding the desire to go back and stamp it out to re-wire your brain of the stuff you un-thinkingly say? Does it matter to you at all or bother you in any way like it does to me? What are some examples for you?
Here’s the kinds of things I mean:
“here and there”, “I would say”, “in some respects”, “with all due respect”, “at best”, “for further clarification”
I started this thinking I had a good ten plus of these but now I’m wondering if this phenomenon exists in the quantity I think it does and if it does does it matter.
Cultural and/or personal filler phrases. Let’s talk em.
Edit: Moved this to Output. That’s where I originally intended it but put in KoP in error.