So, Um, How Do You, Like, Stop Using Filler Words?

So, Um, How Do You, Like, Stop Using Filler Words?

This New York Times article gives all sorts of hints, tips, and history about filler words–our favorite friends!

“If no one has come up with it yet, maybe we need an app that would shock you whenever it hears you say ‘like.’ Or hire a friend to punch you whenever you say it.”

Emily Tucker Prud’hommeaux, assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Word of the Day 8/11/2020

I chose the word “Plaudits” as word of the day for 8/11/2020. Since that Tuesday evening, I have been noticing it in headlines of my news feed over and over!

“CNN received plaudits on Tuesday from an unlikely source for its generally uninterrupted broadcast of the Republican convention’s opening night: President Trump.”  –New York Times, 8/25/20

“Russia, expecting plaudits for vaccine, is miffed by its cool reception” –New York Times, 8/24/2020

“Mostly plaudits from Iowa Democrats for virtual national convention” –Quad-City Times, 8/21/20

“South Korea is also trying to tackle a rise in cases after winning early plaudits for controlling the virus.” –NPR, 8/30/20

“[Chadwick Boseman] gained more plaudits as the star of another sports biography in 2013, this time playing barrier-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson in ’42.'” –ABC News, 8/29/20

This scenario seems to happen so often! I’ll start noticing a WOD far more than I ever did before after listening for it as Grammarian. What a great benefit of serving in this role.

plau·dit (plôdĭt) n. Enthusiastic expression of praise or approval: a new play that opened to the plaudits of the critics.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2020