Home of the Um, Land of the Uh: the Filler Words Dividing America

They’re taboo for newsreaders and other public speakers, but the rest of us use filler words whenever our brain needs to catch up with whatever we’re saying. Which at least in my case is, uh, fairly frequently. Although we use these words thoughtlessly, they’re not without cultural context.

Home of the Um, Land of the Uh: the Filler Words Dividing America


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