[Ads-l] sentence-final "so"

Michael Everson everson at EVERTYPE.COM
Wed May 12 09:23:23 EDT 2021


Ubiquitous in Ireland. “It’s a grand day, so (it is.)” “I’ll leave you to it, so (I will).” 

Michael Everson
http://evertype.com

> On 12 May 2021, at 14:08, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I've been noticing this for possibly five years, but it could be more or
> less.
> 
> Quora.com:
> 
> 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
> know."
> 
> JL
> -- 
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
> 
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