Are we witnessing the death of ‘uh’? Um, maybe — and not just in English

We’ve have been peppering our speech with “um,” “uh” and other expressions of hesitation for a long time — maybe for as long as we’ve had language. More recently, linguists are noting a shift in usage across a number of Germanic languages from “uh” to “um.”

My story aired last week on PRI’s The World and the BBC News Magazine.

~ by Ari Daniel on February 13, 2015.

One Response to “Are we witnessing the death of ‘uh’? Um, maybe — and not just in English”

  1. Reblogged this on A Little Language Is and commented:
    The changing language of pausing and filling. Uhuh.

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