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Am I, er, unreasonable to be, er, irritated by, er, this

(35 Posts)
HurdyGurdy Fri 01-Mar-19 19:24:12

Where on earth did this ridiculous habit come from?

It seems that no actor can deliver a set of lines, without injecting errrrrrr every couple of words.

No matter what programme I watch, my ears are assaulted by this awful habit. Is it actually scripted? Or is it just that the actors have all latched onto it and it's a growing trend.

MawBroon Fri 01-Mar-19 19:29:11

I blame Tony Blair and all the pauses he used to insert before totally unimportant words!

EllanVannin Fri 01-Mar-19 19:29:18

If they're not in acting mode, they have difficulty in stringing a sentence together.

MissAdventure Fri 01-Mar-19 19:50:04

Once you pick up on it, it's so distracting.
I find myself counting them.

Jalima1108 Fri 01-Mar-19 20:05:17

I can forgive Robert Peston and others who used to have a stammer and has overcome it but otherwise grrrrrrrr

Jalima1108 Fri 01-Mar-19 20:07:03

when I say forgive I expect to be jumped on grin but I had a good friend who had a terrible stammer and he never let it stop him from doing what he wanted to do.
(Good on you, Nick. smile)

WeepingWidow Mon 04-Mar-19 14:40:03

Haha. For me it’s the mumbling. So much mumbling! My hearing is perfect, I’m only 55, but I have to have subtitles on anything made after about 2010 due to the mumbling. My children laugh at me because I consistently scream “Enunciate for goodness sake boy” at the TV grin

Nanabilly Mon 04-Mar-19 14:50:45

Annoys the heck out of me too . h
I did not realise that Robert Peston had/has a stammer . Probably explains why he has a slight delay in his speech at times.
I have hearing problems and some programmes I just cannot hear at all . Never thought to use subtitles though !

Oldwoman70 Mon 04-Mar-19 14:57:42

Oh the mumbling gets me too!! A presenter on local radio last week was listing the people appearing at an event later this year. I spent part of the day thinking a group named Grey Stones was appearing - seems she was really saying Grace Jones!!

callgirl1 Mon 04-Mar-19 17:21:23

Anyone remember Bill Shankly and his long drawn out "eerrr" s, several in every sentence?

midgey Mon 04-Mar-19 20:12:12

If it isn’t ‘err’ it will be ‘um’. Drives me potty!

grandtanteJE65 Mon 18-Mar-19 12:44:56

No, you are not unreasonable in objecting to err and um in sentences, or to people mumbling.

I suppose Tony Blair may have caused some people to think, "Well if he can see err all the time, I can too", but I can clearly remember being corrected at school in 1964 or thereabouts for say "err"

humptydumpty Mon 18-Mar-19 12:48:33

Not as annoying to me as 'like' in every sentence!

sodapop Mon 18-Mar-19 12:51:01

Yes that's annoying too HumptyDumpty along with "at the end of the day" and
"I'm not being funny but...." grrrrr

Charleygirl5 Mon 18-Mar-19 13:46:06

My nephew drives me crazy with every 3rd word being "like". Do children pick up this bad habit at school? Admittedly it is a long time since my nephew was at school because he is in his early 30's now.

For every drama that is on, I now have subtitles.

Anja Mon 18-Mar-19 14:25:39

“To err is human, to forgive divine.” Pope

muffinthemoo Mon 18-Mar-19 14:33:27

Linguistic fillers!

They actually have a very important role in speech and verbal discourse.

This is a nice starting place for an article, but most of the linguistics stuff is fairly comprehensible to laypeople if you are interesting in investigating this more.

glammanana Mon 18-Mar-19 14:47:37

I find a lot of people can not string a sentence together without an auto que,even then they have a problem sometimes.

eazybee Mon 18-Mar-19 15:39:44

On Saturday I travelled for three hours on a train to Southampton seated behind a very self-possessed young woman who talked incessantly about herself in a cut glass accent, with ear-splitting clarity, but with 'like' interjected every five or six words ( I counted.) Clearly this has replaced OK yah.
" Like they asked me at the interview, like, had I got a hobby? A hobby, like! I have an extremely demanding job and like I am buying a house and like, do it up so I can make a profit. I don't have time, like, for a hobby."
Recognise yourself, Sophie? Like!!!

Oldandverygrey Mon 18-Mar-19 16:05:20

What about basically then, its basically this and basically that, the most overused word I have ever heard! Basically it cheeses me off.

Washerwoman Mon 18-Mar-19 16:19:08

For some irrational reason I get irked by the overuse of the word 'absolutely'.
It may be me but so many people in interviews preface a sentence with it.Once I have heard it several times I'm willing them to choose a different word.Also agree with a dislike for the word 'Like'.

GillT57 Mon 18-Mar-19 16:25:04

Maybe everyone should be enrolled on 'Just a Minute' where you have to speak on a given subject without repetition, deviation or hesitation!!

GrandmainOz Thu 21-Mar-19 07:40:34

anja ??

andycameron69 Thu 21-Mar-19 07:44:31

great post Gill

Katek Thu 21-Mar-19 07:59:32

‘Literally’ is another one as in “I got such a fright I literally felt my heart stop.” No, you didn’t!!