Yeah, yeah, yeah

Fri Nov 26 04:06:32 UTC 1999

I heard this lately on a local FM station used by a panelist.  It
reminded me a bit of the blah-blah-blah of a few years ago.  He said it
several times during the session.  Each time it was said not only
"without" the hyphens (i.e. very rapidly) but with a trailing off in
stress as if he couldn't get it out fast enough.  My impression was
that he was impatient with the other panelists.  It made me think also
of the popular use of O.K. inserted into a long statement in which the
speaker is punctuating the delivery at certain stages in the
development of a complex thought.

David Barnhart
barnhart at

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