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(Slate)   So, starting a sentence with "so" either shows that a topic has been on your mind a while, or it makes you sound rehearsed. Either way, it's preferable to ending a sentence with it, so   ( divider line
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2014-05-13 03:10:55 PM  
So what?
2014-05-13 03:35:22 PM  
Make it so.
2014-05-13 03:36:16 PM  
...let me take another selfie.
2014-05-13 03:36:30 PM  
2014-05-13 03:36:55 PM  
My father frequently ends sentences with a pause and then the word "so", which causes me to expect him to continue speaking.
2014-05-13 03:37:25 PM  
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
2014-05-13 03:38:24 PM Full Size
2014-05-13 03:40:04 PM  
So, I'm gonna have to go ahead and get you to stop starting sentences with so.
2014-05-13 03:41:02 PM  
I do this too much, and when I am conscious of it, I try to refrain.
2014-05-13 03:41:46 PM  
So what are we supposed to do about it?
2014-05-13 03:42:04 PM  
So you think you can tell...
2014-05-13 03:42:13 PM  
2014-05-13 03:42:36 PM  
Like what are you trying to like say, subby?
2014-05-13 03:42:52 PM  
Sew buttons.
2014-05-13 03:43:28 PM  
So, I was thinking...
2014-05-13 03:43:52 PM  
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2014-05-13 03:44:43 PM  
Betsy Ross used to sit in her house and sew and sew and sew...
2014-05-13 03:45:21 PM  
Sow their.
2014-05-13 03:45:59 PM  
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
That works.  So I disagree.
2014-05-13 03:46:41 PM  
So, it has come to this.
2014-05-13 03:48:05 PM  
Sough, there I was drinking a venti faux-soy latté with sprinkles and extra creme when suddenly I this all there is?  What am I going to do with an MBA in Gothic poesy?
2014-05-13 03:48:19 PM  
So, the date was so-so, so?
2014-05-13 03:49:06 PM  
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2014-05-13 03:49:07 PM  
Article was only so-so
2014-05-13 03:49:14 PM  
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But they don't play my hits
Well I don't give a shiat so?
2014-05-13 03:49:36 PM  
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2014-05-13 03:49:41 PM  
So it goes
2014-05-13 03:50:46 PM  
So this is how the world works: All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him, so.
2014-05-13 03:50:49 PM  
so, the headline was so so
2014-05-13 03:51:40 PM  
Ending a sentance with so is my right as an Irish person, so.
2014-05-13 03:51:56 PM  
So...don't use it? Or...
2014-05-13 03:52:56 PM  
So...fight! something on the... dum na ema
Fight...some things they fight
So...something on the... dum na ema
Fight...some things they fight
2014-05-13 03:52:59 PM  
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2014-05-13 03:53:32 PM  
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2014-05-13 03:53:43 PM  
A needle pulling thread. La, a note to follow so. Tea, a drink with jam and bread.
2014-05-13 03:53:52 PM  
So be it.
2014-05-13 03:54:10 PM  

Dimensio: My father frequently ends sentences with a pause and then the word "so", which causes me to expect him to continue speaking.

I do that too, and I know it's annoying as hell but I just can't catch myself from doing it.
2014-05-13 03:55:04 PM  
So, there's that.
2014-05-13 03:55:09 PM  

FourDirections: So...don't use it? Or...

So use it so you "talk down" to your audience like so.
2014-05-13 03:55:27 PM  
I've noticed this trend most obviously among the "public radio/TV intelligentsia," which means among people like Malcolm Gladwell who like to use complex words to say things either of Romero-level obviousness or of pseudo-scientific "value". Therefore I conclude it is the habit of insecure people who don't *actually* know what they're talking about but wish to sound profound.

That, or it's a symptom of our culture's inability to encapsulate entire thoughts verbally and instead to wish to leave elliptical space around

2014-05-13 03:56:05 PM  
First thing I thought of: Flashback to when MTV played videos
2014-05-13 03:56:34 PM  
It's still nicer than "Hey" or "Listen up," and serves the same purpose when speaking. It's a little buffer intro before you say anything important. So shut up.
2014-05-13 03:58:48 PM  
So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.
2014-05-13 04:00:21 PM  
My wife has an annoying habit of ending a sentence with "knowhatimean?" I hate it. but not as mush as she hates it when I reply "No, pick different words and try again."
2014-05-13 04:00:40 PM  
Ugh. As someone who has to regularly edit audio from interviews this drives me up the wall. The "dangling so" is particularly prevalent when talking with college athletes - especially if they've been grabbed in the middle of practice and are sufficiently winded.
2014-05-13 04:00:47 PM  
Dear LAWD, can we be done w/ "slate" articles already?! What a crapload of psuedo-intellect brain diarreha.
2014-05-13 04:00:57 PM  
So why should I hire you?

/my most-hated "so..."
2014-05-13 04:00:58 PM  
But starting with "but" is OK, right?

And the same with starting a sentence with "and", I presume?

/Conjunction Junction
2014-05-13 04:01:24 PM  

Splish: It's still nicer than "Hey" or "Listen up," and serves the same purpose when speaking. It's a little buffer intro before you say anything important. So shut up.

I also find it useful for changing the subject. It makes it vaguely less abrupt then just jumping straight into a new subject sans "so." I suppose I use it as an abbreviation of "So, moving on..."
2014-05-13 04:01:29 PM  
Of course you don't end with so.

That's why we have La, it's a note follow so.
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