The newest filler word to avoid

You’ve worked hard to cut ‘um,’ ‘uh’ and ‘like’ from your speech—but have you replaced them with ‘so’?

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You know to avoid using “um” and “uh” when you speak, but what about “so”?

“So” is the newest filler word on the block.

It made it on this list of words that can sink a job interview, and NPR calls it a “weasel word” that can make you sound as though you’re not giving a straight answer.


That’s quite a reputation for a small word, but you can’t deny that filler words eat at your credibility and detract from your message.

Whether you use “so,” “um” or “literally,” you probably rely on a filler word when you speak, even if you don’t notice it.

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