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2014-09-01 12:48:47 PM  
I always assumed people who say 'uh' a lot were just slow witted.
 
2014-09-01 01:21:15 PM  
No way
 
2014-09-01 01:49:48 PM  
What a stupid farking article.
 
2014-09-01 01:58:13 PM  
tl;dr
 
2014-09-01 02:00:55 PM  
Like if.
 
2014-09-01 02:01:15 PM  
You know?
 
2014-09-01 02:02:07 PM  
Paid for by eHarmony?
 
2014-09-01 02:02:42 PM  
The author's use of "little words" reveals that (s)he/it is a pedantic twunt.
 
2014-09-01 02:05:31 PM  
Our interests affect our language and the more people have in common the more likely they are to have a relationship........obvious tag broken?
 
2014-09-01 02:06:44 PM  
FTA: "I speak bad Spanish," Pennebaker explains, ...


Either Pennebaker says 'malo' and 'puta' a lot, or he speaks bad poor English too.

/ Stupid artcle.
 
2014-09-01 02:07:54 PM  
Whatevs.
 
2014-09-01 02:09:41 PM  

mekkab: Paid for by eHarmony?


More like eMurica.
 
2014-09-01 02:11:46 PM  
*blinks slowly with bovine disinterest*
 
2014-09-01 02:13:44 PM  

gopher321: I always assumed people who say 'uh' a lot were just slow witted.


It usually means their brains are working faster than their mouths.
 
2014-09-01 02:33:58 PM  
For those of you like me - the grammatically challenged - function words are the smallish words that tie our sentences together.
The. This. Though. I. And. An. There. That.


This, though.
 
2014-09-01 02:36:44 PM  
That too.
 
2014-09-01 02:41:59 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-09-01 02:44:13 PM  

JudgeItoBox: gopher321: I always assumed people who say 'uh' a lot were just slow witted.

It usually means their brains are working faster than their mouths.


Which explains the fluidity and smoothness of most political discourse.
 
2014-09-01 02:51:34 PM  

ElLoco: JudgeItoBox: gopher321: I always assumed people who say 'uh' a lot were just slow witted.

It usually means their brains are working faster than their mouths.

Which explains the fluidity and smoothness of most political discourse.


A salient observation.
 
2014-09-01 02:51:49 PM  
Well, here's one of Geoff Tate nowadays that sums up the whole "I I I, me me me" complex:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChZ-QSinSF8
 
2014-09-01 02:52:23 PM  
Rtfa. The examples of emails using the word I. When you are initiating contact with someone, you explain why*I* am contacting them and who *I* am and that *I* thank you very much. It doesn't have anything to do with status.
 
2014-09-01 02:54:14 PM  
Interesting, if entirely useless.
 
2014-09-01 03:01:04 PM  

uberaverage: Rtfa. The examples of emails using the word I. When you are initiating contact with someone, you explain why*I* am contacting them and who *I* am and that *I* thank you very much. It doesn't have anything to do with status.


This.
 
2014-09-01 03:17:35 PM  
so?
 
2014-09-01 03:28:15 PM  
I thought it was interesting. The idea that changing the way you use words will not affect your personality but is an exhibit of your personality was, to me, a twist. You usually expect something self helpie at that point.
 
2014-09-01 03:31:04 PM  

genner: Our interests affect our language and the more people have in common the more likely they are to have a relationship........obvious tag broken?


No, it's because our language and word choice shifts closer to people we are interested in farking.
 
2014-09-01 03:34:24 PM  
My hunch is that a writer uses "I" a lot when he's asking for something from a person in position to give it. It shows that the favor will directly help the writer. In reply, the person giving has no need to draw more attention to himself.
 
gja
2014-09-01 03:39:22 PM  
That article is an example of journalistic diarrhea. What was electronically spat onto those pages truly has earned this meme.
media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com
 
2014-09-01 03:51:19 PM  
Like, for real dude?
 
2014-09-01 03:59:44 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Interesting, if entirely useless.


agreed
 
2014-09-01 04:21:47 PM  
I say, what!

/life finds a way
 
2014-09-01 04:22:16 PM  
img.fark.net

This, uh, is relevant to, uh, his interests

/uh
 
2014-09-01 05:26:48 PM  
Not seeing it, no.  This seems more like a correlation/causation loop than a "this is why" thing.  When you're initiating a conversation with someone (a non-casual one anyway, one that's not random bs with a friend or whatnot) you generally need to provide someone with information as to what the heck you're talking about and why.  This pretty requires pretty extensive use or I (or possibly we maybe) most of the time in order to get the point across.  Way more likely in my experience than social issues.  Not saying it's completely off the wall, some semi-formal case letters and whatnot are written in such a way that use I a good deal, but I don't think it's the main reason - not terribly supportive of the contention that's being made that I can see.

/could just be bad or weirdly specific examples that were chosen to try to make the point in the article I guess
//as it stands though, there appears to be a much simpler explanation than what he's trying to pursue
 
2014-09-01 05:42:41 PM  
Huh.
 
2014-09-01 05:44:02 PM  

JudgeItoBox: gopher321: I always assumed people who say 'uh' a lot were just slow witted.

It usually means their brains are working faster than their mouths.


Other way around:  If you are talking faster than your  brain is formulating thoughts you will use filler words.  It means you are not fully formulating a thought before you try to speak it.
 
2014-09-01 06:06:48 PM  
"And", "but" and "or"...will get you pretty far.

/obscure unless you're an old fark like me...
 
2014-09-01 06:14:39 PM  

CJ The Rev: JudgeItoBox: gopher321: I always assumed people who say 'uh' a lot were just slow witted.

It usually means their brains are working faster than their mouths.

Other way around:  If you are talking faster than your  brain is formulating thoughts you will use filler words.  It means you are not fully formulating a thought before you try to speak it.


Uh, you're wrong, but okay
 
2014-09-01 06:18:06 PM  

abhorrent1: What a stupid farking article.


this
 
2014-09-01 07:05:15 PM  
potato
 
2014-09-01 07:12:12 PM  
eh?
 
2014-09-01 08:10:15 PM  

dajoro: uberaverage: Rtfa. The examples of emails using the word I. When you are initiating contact with someone, you explain why*I* am contacting them and who *I* am and that *I* thank you very much. It doesn't have anything to do with status.

This.


yup! the guy who is a professor of linguistics and has been studying this stuff for 20 years including doing actual studies to the point where national press is writing about it is just making it all up. some basement genius on fark figured it out! alert the presses!
 
2014-09-01 08:34:02 PM  

spesimen: dajoro: uberaverage: Rtfa. The examples of emails using the word I. When you are initiating contact with someone, you explain why*I* am contacting them and who *I* am and that *I* thank you very much. It doesn't have anything to do with status.

This.

yup! the guy who is a professor of linguistics and has been studying this stuff for 20 years including doing actual studies to the point where national press is writing about it is just making it all up. some basement genius on fark figured it out! alert the presses!


It is not uncommon for academic's to be idiots outside of academia
and to be easily recognized as such by those with "common sense".
 
2014-09-01 08:43:33 PM  
As if.
 
2014-09-01 09:22:57 PM  

zepillin: spesimen: dajoro: uberaverage: Rtfa. The examples of emails using the word I. When you are initiating contact with someone, you explain why*I* am contacting them and who *I* am and that *I* thank you very much. It doesn't have anything to do with status.

This.

yup! the guy who is a professor of linguistics and has been studying this stuff for 20 years including doing actual studies to the point where national press is writing about it is just making it all up. some basement genius on fark figured it out! alert the presses!

It is not uncommon for academic's to be idiots outside of academia
and to be easily recognized as such by those with "common sense".


Hahahahaha! Stupid eggheads! All that book learning and no common sense.
 
2014-09-01 10:02:55 PM  

gopher321: I always assumed people who say 'uh' a lot were just slow witted.


They're not, but I agree that they sound like they are. Even if you can't remove the pauses in your speech I think a person sounds better leaving them silent instead of using a filler word.
 
2014-09-01 10:58:27 PM  

zepillin: spesimen: dajoro: uberaverage: Rtfa. The examples of emails using the word I. When you are initiating contact with someone, you explain why*I* am contacting them and who *I* am and that *I* thank you very much. It doesn't have anything to do with status.

This.

yup! the guy who is a professor of linguistics and has been studying this stuff for 20 years including doing actual studies to the point where national press is writing about it is just making it all up. some basement genius on fark figured it out! alert the presses!

It is not uncommon for academic's to be idiots outside of academia
and to be easily recognized as such by those with "common sense".


It's a symptom of being educated beyond your intelligence.
 
2014-09-01 11:20:16 PM  

spesimen: dajoro: uberaverage: Rtfa. The examples of emails using the word I. When you are initiating contact with someone, you explain why*I* am contacting them and who *I* am and that *I* thank you very much. It doesn't have anything to do with status.

This.

yup! the guy who is a professor of linguistics and has been studying this stuff for 20 years including doing actual studies to the point where national press is writing about it is just making it all up. some basement genius on fark figured it out! alert the presses!


Ok Mr. Smartypants.  Please re-write the email from the article without using the word I:
The reason I'm writing is that I'm helping to put together a conference on [a particular topic]. I have been contacting a large group of people and many have specifically asked if you were attending. I would absolutely love it if you could come... I really hope you can make it.
 
2014-09-01 11:42:43 PM  

gopher321: I always assumed people who say 'uh' a lot were just slow witted.


Uh, yeah, basically.
 
2014-09-02 01:05:02 AM  
Like, duh?
 
2014-09-02 01:19:05 AM  

Archimedes' Principal: FTA: "I speak bad Spanish," Pennebaker explains, ...

Either Pennebaker says 'malo' and 'puta' a lot, or he speaks bad poor English too.


90% confidence this guy's a follower of Chomsky, which means he probably make it a point to use "gramatically incorrect" but perfectly natural-sounding phrases purely out of spite for traditional grammar.
 
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