It is already a year since COVID-19 arrived on our doorstep. It took us by surprise, and having to adjust to a new way of living resulted in many significant changes. Perhaps because we were limited in our social interactions, I took to listening more than usual.
What I discovered, is that people seem to have lost the art of good conversation. Living in a small bubble with the occasional Zoom calls has wrecked havoc on our dialogue. People have lapsed into using the meaningless phrase “you know” almost all the time. It is inserted into many sentences as fillers, avoiding gaps in speech.
It is rather tiresome to hear those words over and over again, especially when listening to TV commentators trying to make a relevant point. I have attempted to count the “you know” in some speeches, and given up in exasperation