(new pet peeve, not yet numbered)
Okay, So Don’t Say “Okay, So…”
This is a rapid-riser on my pet peeve list. I’m hearing it more and more frequently. I think I first heard it on a National Public Radio interview (!), but have been hearing it more and more frequently in lots of other places. A few examples (I made these up, but they’re typical):
Q: When did you discover the burglary?
A: Okay, so I was out jogging, and when I got home I found the door unlocked and…
Q: Does your magazine have many subscribers?
A: Okay, so we only sold 50 copies of our first issue, but…
Q: What do you think about the new tax rate?
A: Okay, so I was initially ambivalent, but now I’m furious because…
I suppose it’s the responder’s shorthand for saying “I have heard and understand your question, and here comes my answer” but, really, I find it superfluous and annoying.
Call Me Cate wastes no words at: SHOW MY FACE