Pet peeve time: I keep meeting people lately who can’t get a sentence out without inserting “ya know,” “um,” or “like.” Like, you know, um, I went to the um, mall yesterday, and like, I found ya know, a shirt that I, like, um, tried on, and it was like too big. Ouch. And if you bring it up to people they get really, like, um, ya know, defensive.
This even affects people who speak for a living – teachers, pastors, television and radio hosts. So any ideas out there? Is there a definitive way to help people overcome this speech problem? Watch a little MTV, and you’ll start to think the next generation will implode from the inability to communicate. But many of us old guys have the same problem. Can somebody help?