Writing & Editing 22 filler terms we abuse every day—and how to avoid them We utter these words and phrases in response to awkward situations and uncomfortable silences. Here are a few tips to end your complicity in the practice. By Laura Hale BrockwayJuly 26, 2012 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.