Andrew Mobbs (mobbsy) wrote,
Andrew Mobbs

What's the term for various junk phrases that creep into language? A coworker has recently mentioned I say "It has to be said" at the start of a statement a bit too often; I was getting irritated by people in New Jersey starting sentences with "Let me ask you this" or "Let me tell you this". Another one that gets on my nerves for no good reason is ending questions with an unnecessary "at all".

They don't seem to be quite the same thing as the words that just serve to punctuate sentences or give the listener a chance to show that they're paying attention; "like", "y'know", "ken".

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