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WOD competition winner



cunliffe
United Kingdom

WOD competition winner
 
Hello my luvs/chucks/hinnies/darlinīs,
So (everybody starts their sentences with īsoī nowadays - itīs driving me crazy!!!), I liked all your entries. It came down to two: glutenfree or silvialefevre. So, as we know, there can only be one winner.... Silvia! I loved her daffynition, which had woofits as wow outfits!!! I havenīt got so many wowoutfits or woofits, but I have  got wow shoes. I might upload a picture of them onto the teachersī café. I am definitely the Imelda Marcos of this site. Iīd place any money on it.
So, over to you, Silvia! 
Iīm sorry, I canīt remember the real definition, but I did include a link. Iīll have a look. By the way, I mentioned I was going to choose īsitooterieī. That is a nice place where Scottish people can sit outside;-)))
 
Lynne  

5 May 2019      



spinney
United Kingdom

Good choice! Congratulations Sylvie! Clap 
By the way, I SO agree with you!  I donīt know why but that really gets my back up. And itīs relatively recent, too. It doesnīt matter if itīs some expert on TV talking about the economy, a politician, an actor, artist or a partridge in a pear tree. They all have this annoying habit of starting off with "so" which I always thought we did in response to a specific question requiring an explanation but using "well" instead. I wonder who started it all? 

5 May 2019     



yanogator
United States

Spinney,
In the US, itīs even worse. They start with "I mean..."!
 
Bruce 

5 May 2019     



almaz
United Kingdom

Interesting article from 2010 (in The New York Times incidentally) here on initial īsoī, and another look at it here in terms of the īrecency illusionī (the idea that because youīve only recently become aware of a particular usage, then it must be of recent origin). Both articles mention the verse from Chaucerīs Troilus and Criseyde:

So on a day he leyde him doun to slepe,
And so bifel that in his sleep him thoughte,
That in a forest faste he welk to wepe 
For love of hir that him these peynes wroughte; 
 
 
 

6 May 2019     



spinney
United Kingdom

Rather interesting, as it goes. Mind you, Iīm not sure if Chaucer was the best example. Clearly, the guy couldnīt spell to save his life. 

6 May 2019     



almaz
United Kingdom

And letīs not forget his crap syntax 
 

7 May 2019     



MoodyMoody
United States

almaz, I saw just your comment about "crap syntax" on the forum before reading the whole thread, and I at first thought you referred to "esteemed" US President Donald Trump! I am relieved to see Chaucer instead! I like Chaucer!

9 May 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

So Iīm afraid this usage IS a recent thing in everyday life, although its usage in story-telling goes way back. So Chaucer is innocent. Iīm not sure about Donald Trump in this particular matter...

10 May 2019     



almaz
United Kingdom

Yes, youīre almost right. But as the linguist Mark Liberman observed (second link above), incipient so isnīt half as recent as people think. And talking of the Great Goblin, you might say its recent usage isnīt exactly "unpresidented" 
 
 

11 May 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Very clever! Iīll have a look at the links. Annoyingly, Iīm starting all my sentences with īSo,ī and it used to be īWell,ī  So, what will it be next? @Bruce, We had I mean ages ago!

11 May 2019