Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 12 23:47:28 UTC 2009

Well, that is sort of the point with this use of um-, too, Alison.
It's like writing, quite facetiously, "Well, you know that this has to
do with porn, but I'd really rather not go to any depth into how it is
that I just *happen* to know anything at all about about that
particular topic," since, of course, everyone knows how it comes to be
the case that a person has acquired a certain expertise in that field.


On Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 7:28 PM, Alison Murie <sagehen7470 at att.net> wrote:
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> THis particular interpretation of  um- is news to me.  I use "Um." or
> "Um," facetiously, usually to imply something like "it goes without
> saying," or "as you know."  If this has led to misreading of some of
> my posts, put it down to ignorance on my part.
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