Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54 Posted (12 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1308 times:
An athlete who used the phrase "you know" 30 times in a 135-second interview has helped win a scholarship for a middle school pupil in the United States.
Each year, a scholarship funded by a retired United States air force officer gives $1,000 to the pupil in Nebraska who can find the worst example of over-use of "you know".
This year's "You Know Contest" has been won by Evan Koontz, a pupil at Lincoln Pound Middle School - with a hit rate of one "you know" every 4.5 seconds.
He becomes the sixth recipient of a prize funded by Barney Oldfield, a 92-year-old veteran of the Second World War, who wants to highlight the way that the phrase is filling the airwaves.
"You know", stuck at the beginning and end of sentences, and as a pause in the middle, has been attacked for being part of teenagers' "mall speak".
Previous winners have included 13 year old Molly Kamrath who in 2000 surpassed 50 other entries with a recording of an interview which had 21 "you knows" in four minutes.
"To get 21 'you knows' in four minutes is stark testimony about how dreadfully littered we have made our beautiful English language. It deserves better treatment," wrote Mr Oldfield.
In 1999, Jessica Reinsch won the $1,000 prize with a recording of a radio interview featuring 61 examples of "you know" in 15 minutes.
Mr Oldfield has been making educational donations for many years and has given scholarships worth $3m.
The man's a star! This dreadful phrase pervades the entire English speaking world. Maybe we should introduce the idea in the UK as well.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1199 times:
You know, that's also a problem in other languages. In Germany we once had a guy on TV who used the word "so" something like 80 times in one and a half minute. Afterwards he was only called the "So-Mann", you know?
Fordlover From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1172 times:
I didn't meen to upset, just to clarify. I wanted to be the first to jump on that, and I didn't have time to look up the "sarcastic" smiley! (I can never remember those) So, umm, basically, here it is, you know.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1165 times:
That's a classic symptom of poor speaking quality. I actually have this problem myself. I tend to put 'ahhhh' in words. Its something people should work on if they want to succeed to areas that require articulate speaking. It's funny, but can be a real downfall.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1137 times:
There are alot of words people put in sentences, maybe because they find their language boring? At the moment the main phrases here are 'blatently' and 'innit'. These appear numerous times in the sentance of an average 'ard 'nut.
I noticed that Canadians use 'For sure' at the end of the sentence a hell of alot, hardly ever hear it spoken here!
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1122 times:
"I'll be honest with you" ( or "ya" instead of "you" ) seems to pepper so many conversations as well. I've heard some people preface so much of what they say with this declaration that I wonder if they are BS-ing me whenever they _don't_ say it. -- ( Rant mode on ) And while I'm still on the soapbox, can we please retire the use of "sssweeeet!" as an adjcetive to describe something we like? Especially on the internet? Let this obnoxiously trendy late-90's word abdicate. Even the hackneyed "cool" sounds better. ( Rant mode off )
CVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1016 times:
You know, basically, that this guy is, you know, basically trying to get people to stop saying "you know," you know, the phrase that you know basically everybody says when they, you know, basically expect that you know what they know, you know, like when they are, you know, trying to get basically, well, you now, their point across. You know its basically like that.
You know, after writing basically so many times, it make the word look, well, you know, funny.