Let’s stop demonizing “filler words” 

A few days ago, the New York Times published an article by Christopher Mele about so-called “filler words”, telling people to stop using them. Reporting on language often frustrates me,…

…This article and others like it get the cause-and-effect wrong. Women and young people don’t “sound stupid” because they say like too much. We associate like with “sounding stupid” because we think women and young people sound stupid in general. So let’s address the real problem — our systematic devaluation of women and young people — rather than blaming it on their behavior.

Let’s stop demonizing “filler words” | Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein



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