Every language has its own version of um. French has euh, Korean eum, Finnish öö, Russian eh; even sign languages have signs for um. The fact that most languages have some kind of um suggests that it serves a natural and important language function.
So what is this important language function? Why do people say um? Not because they are nervous. Scholarly studies of the word reveal that the use of um does not correlate with anxiousness or any particular personality traits. Rather, um is used to signal an upcoming pause—usually uh for a short pause and um for a longer pause. The pause may be needed in order to find the right word, remember something temporarily forgotten, or repair a mistake. Um holds the floor for us while we do our mental work. It buys some time for thinking.
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Li Wei by Zhanf Jingna
Colorful Transparent Rain Boots
FINALLY A SOURCE ON THESE HOLY FUCK
/tugs on nearest person’s sleeve because i want the thing
Puffy Star Sneakers (Choose Color)
Oh my gosh, I need these!
A wearable planter from Colleen Jordan
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in Zipper July 2013
Some pins I’ve made!
Favorite (and highly recommended) anime
Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki (movie)“This might get laughed off as a mere fairy tale. As a fantasy that couldn’t possibly happen in the real world. But believe me, this most definitely is the story of my mother’s life. The man she fell in love with… was a werewolf.”