[Ads-l] sentence-final "so"

Betty Birner bbirner at NIU.EDU
Thu May 13 11:56:21 EDT 2021


I have in-laws who do this all the time, intoning "so" as its own sentence, with distinct falling intonation.  I think the source is my sister-in-law, originally from Pennsylvania, but it has spread through their family, and she's been doing it as long as I've known her, roughly 30 years.

Betty Birner


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Subject: Re: sentence-final "so"

In that case, I'd have expected a capitalized "so," followed by a period.

JL

On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 12:44 PM Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.com> wrote:

> >  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."
> >
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