Re: Writing, talking, and chewing gum at the same time....

Subject: Re: Writing, talking, and chewing gum at the same time....
From: Steven Brown <stevenabrown -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 13:40:56 -0800 (PST)

Clear and correct speech is in as bad a shape as
writing. Listen to the local news any night and you?ll
hear just how bad most people speak.

As Keith pointed out, things ain?t much better in the
workplace either. Two speech colloquialisms that I
hear quite frequently these days are "totally" and

"Totally" is used as an exclamatory synonym for
'exactly,' 'completely,' or 'I agree.' For example:

Bob: We need to ensure that we touch base with all of
our clients before we make drastic changes to the

Sara: Totally. Acme is our most important client.

"Right" is used as a way of garnering quick agreement
among one's listeners. It is used more like a
peremptory 'clearly' than with a questioning
inflection. For example:

John: Look, we have three components, right, that we
have to upgrade. The web server, the application
server, and the database itself.

I'm, like, so into listening to others at work.

Steven Brown
Senior Technical Writer
Mild Stutterer

P.S. Just heard another one. Something like, "Once we
identify the 'deltas,' we can give the specs to
Development." Ugh!

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