Oil painter (as from 2015). Previously architect, public sector manager, online retailer, web designer.
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Starting an answer with "So"
So it's not just me who finds it annoying. I like this, from The Spectator:
Interviewee: 'So one of the ways in which we add value for our customers... '
JH: 'Anyway what market share do you now claim?'
Interviewee: 'So in total we have around 40 to 50 per cent market share.'
JH: 'Anyway what vertical sectors do you have the biggest customer base in?'
Interviewee (flustered): 'Well, so we have significant constituencies of, er, customers... '
JH: 'Anyway how many of those are SMEs?'
Interviewee (losing it): 'Er, the, er, approximately, er, 25 per cent... '
"A device used by the speaker to suggest his own superiority to the merely compliant person who when asked a direct question simply supplies the information wanted. The 'so' lets it be known that one does not deign to merely comply to the request for information, submissively, as if the inquirer were in charge of the conversation. No, he is launching out, independently, on his own disquisition on the topic, waving the inquirer away like a bug; or he is continuing his disquisition which the questioner has rather interrupted."
Thanks for nothing
To builders, joiners, roofers, plumbers, decorators and other tradesmen who promise to come back with a price for some work or agree to come and do it then don't have the common courtesy to let the customer know that actually, you can't be bothered, got something better, forgot all about it, never intended to do it in the first place or some other crap excuse.
You're a total waste of space. The customer was waiting, sometimes for weeks, trusting you would do what you agreed because they believed you were as good as your word. Not only did the work not get done when it was needed but those weeks of waiting were for nothing because the customer could have arranged for somebody else to do it - another tradesman who does what he says he will do and deserves the work more than you. If you're not going to do a job, you've changed your mind, or whatever, at least have the decency to say so instead of trying to keep your options open at other people's expense.