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Saturday, September 18th, 2004

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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".
There was something on Radio 4 about Brittania launching a mortgage designed to allow housemates to buy a house together. There's some sort of legal agreement included that allows people to sell their shares if they want to move out and so on. They pointed out that sharing with people means that it's more likely that circumstances conspire to force you need to move shortly after buying, which is expensive.

There's a web site at http://www.sharetobuy.com/

No real point, just thought that some people might be interested.

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