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Messaschnitzel
02-15-2008, 07:23 PM
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. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

roybaty
02-15-2008, 08:50 PM
Ummmm, what?

HotelBushranger
02-15-2008, 08:58 PM
I don't get that around my area, instead I get like, people who say like, like a lot because they like, subconsciously use it as a way to like, bridge pauses in sentences because they can't be arsed to like, stop for a second and think about what they're gonna like, say.

roybaty
02-15-2008, 09:02 PM
LMAO I was weened from the "uuummmms" and "likes" and "ahhs" by a couple years of public/television speaking courses way back when.

Stew278
02-15-2008, 09:31 PM
I remember sitting through a presentation given by one of my colleagues that was very difficult to listen to because he said umm about 130 times during the course of the 10min presentation. It completely messed trying to follow his speech because it kept breaking up the flow. It got almost painful to listen to after awhile.


Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
I don't get that around my area, instead I get like, people who say like, like a lot because they like, subconsciously use it as a way to like, bridge pauses in sentences because they can't be arsed to like, stop for a second and think about what they're gonna like, say.

I hear those all the time at my school. About the only thing more annoying than them is the guys that have to use the F word every third or fourth word. I don't know if they think it makes them seem like a badass or if they're just mentally deficient or what but it gets old really fast. I'm not one of those prudes that lectures people for swearing, but having to put up with these guys dropping 20 f-bombs per minute during casual conversation just gets ridiculous.

I_KG100_Prien
02-15-2008, 09:50 PM
I get distracted when people start running the UMMMM train. It's irritating when someone is doing some kind of public speaking and they are "umming" constantly. It distracts folks.. Instead of hearing the actual meat and potatoes of whats being said, all they hear is the "ummm".

It's a great way to make yourself sound like an idjit.

I also get sick of hearing "Like, like, F-Bomb, F-bomb" as well. I have to put up with the "F-Bomb" schtick constantly from my co-workers. Makes me want to find the nearest blunt object to smack 'em with.

han freak solo
02-15-2008, 10:38 PM
I know a manager that uses "ummmms" to prevent people from breaking into the conversation because he is never done until he leaves the room.

Bastid. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

han freak solo
02-15-2008, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by I_KG100_Prien:
I also get sick of hearing "Like, like, F-Bomb, F-bomb" as well. I have to put up with the "F-Bomb" schtick constantly from my co-workers. Makes me want to find the nearest blunt object to smack 'em with.

I feel the same way with people that constantly say, "you know what I'm saying?". No, I don't know what you're saying and apparently you aren't able to communicate to me and give up by saying, "you know what I'm saying?". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

As far as F-bombs, the most I ever heard was when I had to work side by side with people from the Czech Republic and Egypt. They used it like breathing. I think it was because even though they spoke English very well, they used it to fill gaps when they couldn't think of the proper translation.

Pirschjaeger
02-16-2008, 01:49 AM
Try this Solo; everytime someone says "You know what I'm say?" reply with "No, but I'm listening anyway".

I'd be surprised if they say it more than twice,...you know what I'm saying? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

joeap
02-16-2008, 04:30 AM
You guys, like take off eh?

roybaty
02-16-2008, 06:07 AM
You're such a hoser eh!

DuxCorvan
02-16-2008, 02:06 PM
What I can't stand is the "I can't accept it" kind of person. I have to tell many people the thing they've requested has been denied by my superiors, or that is even against the law. So it can't be. And I mean IT CAN NOT BE. That they'll NEVER get away with it.

And then, it starts:

-"But... if I bring this certificate from my boss and blah blah blah"
-"No. it won't work. There's nothing to do."
-"And if I call this guy who can say that blah blah blah?"
-"Listen: No. There's no way you can obtain it. It's illegal."
-"Well, but maybe you can..."
-"No, I can't. Sorry."
-"But maybe, if I talk to your boss..."
-"You can try and lose your time, if you want, but he can't, either. It's not a question of what we want. It just CAN NOT BE."
-"But, I brought these papers that show..."
-"Listen. I believe you. But it's not me. It's that IT CAN NOT BE."
-"And if I...?"
-"(Sigh!)"

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

But talking about "ummms", it's even worse, "aha" "aha". I mean, someone asks you something. He/she is stupid, but can't admit it. And you talk and talk explaining the thing, and he/she goes "aha" "aha" "aha", nodding all the time like understanding what you're saying. And when you asks them finally, "Well, so what's going to be?", they open their eyes a lot, make a surprise gesture and say, "Eh?".

Blood_Splat
02-16-2008, 05:45 PM
I hate when people say "You know" a million times in an interview.

buzzsaw1939
02-16-2008, 06:14 PM
MMMMMM..It seems theres a lot of pet peeves in here!

Any body remember the, liveing in a glass house story? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

jarink
02-16-2008, 08:54 PM
Originally posted by roybaty:
You're such a hoser eh!

Bob broke your beer!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GogRZwFXoA&feature=related

-and-

Fleshy headed mutant! Are you friendly?

No way, eh! R-radiation has made me an enemy of civilization!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4KTebUT6Mw&feature=related

Airmail109
02-16-2008, 09:29 PM
dude and i was like ummmmm totally not cool, but like ummmm the otherday........that was like totally far out you know, gnarly man

I_KG100_Prien
02-16-2008, 10:59 PM
I wish I could find the link to it, but can't so I'll describe the best I can.

Saw a video clip of a surfer describing the wave conditions to a news anchor.. What the guy said is greek to anybody (minus other stoned-out surfboarders...)

But it was something to the effect of..

"Whoa dude, the waves are like whoa, I dropped in and KAPLOW and BWIISSHH, and wow brah it was killer..."

The news anchor had that "My brain just melted trying to translate.." look on his face.