I’m really working on not starting my musings–written or spoken or emailed or texted or any other linguistic communication–with “so…”
I noticed recently that I do this a lot. I feel like it is almost like a qualifier for what I’m about to say. But, I don’t need that for my own thoughts, feelings, and opinions! They are mine, dammit! I don’t need to qualify, soften, or apologize for them at all in any way!
So, (hahahaha, there it is…) I looked up “so” on an online dictionary just now. Here’s what I got…
in the way or manner indicated, described, or implied: Do itso.
in that or this manner or fashion; thus: So it turned out.
in the aforesaid state or condition: It is broken and has longbeen so.
to the extent or degree indicated or suggested: Do not walkso fast.
Informal . very or extremely: I’m so sad.
very greatly: My head aches so!
(used before an adverb or an adverbial clause and fol. by as) to such a degree or extent: so far as I know.
having the purpose of: a speech so commemorating thevictory.
for this or that reason; hence; therefore: She is ill, and socannot come to the party.
(used as an affirmative to emphasize or confirm a previousstatement) most certainly: I said I would come, and so Iwill.
(used as an emphatic affirmative to contradict a previousstatement) indeed; truly; too: I was so at the party!
likewise or correspondingly; also; too: If he is going, then soam I.
in such manner as to follow or result from: As he learned,so did he teach.
in the way that follows; in this way: The audience wasseated, and so the famous speech began.
in the way that precedes; in that way: So ended the speech,and the listeners arose and cheered.
in such way as to end in: So live your life that old age willbring you no regrets.
then; subsequently: and so to bed.
9. See therefore.
…yeah, didn’t really get much there…but perhaps I’ll be using “therefore” a bit more 😉
Thus, (hehe, not a “so”)I am choosing to be much more mindful and conscious about stepping up and being assertive in my speaking and in my writing.
No more apologies for me!
yes indeedy, sweetie!