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Starting an answer with "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... '
And the best explanation I've read:
"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."
... or at least how it began.