Friday, June 13, 2008

Adding to Pos' Pet Peeve Series

Pet Peeve #56: Talking heads who stutter at the beginning of every sentence.

It's an unbelievably ridiculous trend I noticed about three months ago while listening to some self-important retard on NPR.

The following was captured tonight in less than 10 minutes of watching three separate broadcasters on MSNBC covering the sad news about Tim Russert:

Of of of the moment...

It it it is stunning...

And and and maybe deeper...

That that that's good journalism...

Or or or NAFTA or other agreements...

I I I could give him the state of...

He he he was able to do that...

And and and even if I didn’t have a personal friendship with him...

When when when anyone heard he was on the phone...

Attention Broadcast Journalists: STOP STUTTERING.

It's worse than saying "um" or "uh" repeatedly because it's obvious you know what you want to say, you're just trying to be trendy. This affected stuttering doesn't make you sound thoughtful and it doesn't make what you say more interesting, it just makes you sound irritating and stupid.

Spit it out. Or shut the fuck up and let someone else speak.
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I am listening to: Dirty Laundry - Don Henley
I am reading: Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott
And I am: Still sad

5 comments:

Posolxstvo I said...

Thanks for the ... um um um whadddya callit... referral?

By the way, I sometimes stutter (a little -- more of a stammer), especially when I am particularly tired, and I find it annoying as well. But do you really think it's trendy? It seems to me it's a case of them beginning to speak to fill the silence before they're really sure what it is they intend to say.

Some of us like a little silence. And get annoyed when some idiot schmuck fills it up with "and and and..." or what haves ya.

Anonymous said...

Oh no, is stuttering back in style?
Some thirty years ago it was popular in the media. I hate it. It was nothing but a national media fad. One of those stupid things that people do because others are doing it. Politicians are the biggest offenders.
Sh,sh,shi,SHIT!

Anonymous said...

Oh no, is stuttering back in style?
Some thirty years ago it was popular in the media. I hate it. It was nothing but a national media fad. One of those stupid things that people do because others are doing it. Politicians are the biggest offenders.
Sh,sh,shi,SHIT!

Posolxstvo I said...

B-b-b-b-baby, you ain't seen n-n-nothin' yet... (about 30 years ago)

Just talkin' b-b-b-bout my generation... (about 40 years ago)

I'm sensing a cyclical thing here.

Anonymous said...

Hedy,
While we're you're at it, see if you can get them to stop saying "sort of"... it's another pseudo intellectual trendy bullshit thing that has to stop!!!
And I totally agree with you on the mock stuttering thing... it's so insincere! Ugh...
Gromit