Conversational ticks

I have a bad habit of paying too much attention to the annoying idiosyncrasies in people’s conversational patterns. Particularly the use of annoying catchphrases. Like “So I’m there going…”, “Can I just say…”, and “… and things like that”…

It gets to the point where hearing those people use those phrases is like nails on a chalkboard.

EDIT: I should point out that this post related more to my bad habit and the problems it causes than to things people say. I was being self reflective not trying to be judgmental.

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Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His daughter. His son. His other daughter. His dog. Coffee. And the Internet. He is the campus pastor at Creek Road South Bank, a graduate of Queensland Theological College (M. Div) and the Queensland University of Technology (B. Journ). He spent a significant portion of his pre-ministry-as-a-full-time-job life working in Public Relations, and now loves promoting Jesus in Brisbane and online. He can't believe how great it is that people pay him to talk and think about Jesus.

4 thoughts on “Conversational ticks”

  1. “Can I just say…” has Rudd written all over it. Or do you know someone in person who also overuses it?

  2. It’s pretty common – but I confess I had others in the cross hairs at that point. It’s be nice to K-Rudd day.

  3. No, I haven’t been stimulated yet either Joel… we can be poor together :)

    Another catch phrase that’s really annoying is when people say “And I was like..” and then go on to tell a highly entertaining story that involves them dropping a perfectly timed killer one-liner. This in itself is fine, except that the speaker expects you to realise that because they uttered “And I was like” at the start of the sentence, this is in fact a made up scenario that didn’t occur because the speaker wasn’t brave enough to say what they were actually thinking at the time.
    Ok.. end rant. Back to my essay.

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