I notice that more and more people with whom I speak with begins speaking with the sound "Ummmm".
They will continue to sprinkle these sounds throughout their sentences. whether it is in speaking to a store clerk, or listening to someone in a casual conversation, I will hear this happening with more frequency. "Umm, well I went to the store where I umm, I got some umm, potato chips." In the big picture of things, I suppose that it doesn't really matter one way or another. However, this sort of speech pattern does not instill any confidence in the person on my part when I hear people speak like this. They sound indecisive, as if their brain is trying to play catch-up with their mouth by interjecting their sentence with "umm" to buy some time. I may be getting old. The kids that I remember as a kid that spoke in this manner usually were either considered shy or dimwitted.
Again, does anyone notice this going on?
Umm, no, not umm, really.