Wednesday, February 18, 1998 at 08:07:20

Quite interesting - I had no idea that those annoying "uh's" etc. had names and purposes. Errr.....thanks for the info!

- B

It's interesting you describe those "uh's" as annoying.  My research suggests that they actually help a speaker to sound *more* fluent.  That is, speakers use them to avoid silence, while listeners obligingly filter them out of the message, never noticing them (except, of course, when the speaker uses them excessively--then they may become distracting and hence, as you say, 'annoying').

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