[Ads-l] sentence-final "so"

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 12 12:44:37 EDT 2021


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

I'd have taken it to mean "so there (is your answer)."

On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 8:08 AM 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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