Giving Pause

Friday, October 12, 2007


We all use filler words like um or uh but it’s rare that we hear them in movies, news broadcasts or … uh … this show. Author Michael Erard explains that verbal blunders and hesitations reveal more than we think.

Comments [6]

Doug Benson from WA

Why does the media require the use of so many filler words?

Apr. 10 2008 04:27 PM
RJacob Watson from Colfax, WA 99111

How about our illustrious Sec. of State Condi Rice, um, seems to, um, continually, um, stammers, um, uh, working to make, um, her, um, point.

Oct. 17 2007 02:02 PM
Gary Shea from Bayside WI


Oct. 16 2007 08:14 AM
Joyce from Chicago

1 in 10 words is a slip? That's a lot!

Oct. 15 2007 10:02 AM
jonny goldstein from Washington DC

I would love it if you put up an alternate version of this with the um's left in. Then we could listen to both and see which we prefer.

Oct. 14 2007 10:15 AM
David Rowe from Princeton, NJ

I was waiting to see if OTM would do a story on how PBS over-inflated the ratings for The War and interview the ombudsmen that nailed them on it... but no... we get a segment on the word "um" which OTM religiously cleanses (unless its from the lips of Bush).


Oct. 13 2007 05:17 PM

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