[Ads-l] sentence-final "so"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 12 13:07:47 UTC 2021

I've been noticing this for possibly five years, but it could be more or


Q: Which is worse, homophobia or cacophobia?

A: I mean, more people are homophobic than cacophobic so.

I'd have put in a comma before "so," because there's usually a pause.

It seems to have developed from a feeling that more should be said, but the
speaker doesn't know what.

My feeling is that it was preceded by the (still existing), "so -- you

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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