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Hi! Folks,

I am a newbie out here and this is my first post. Anyway down to brasstacks.

Yesterday a friend asked me if any word in English describes the usage of a particular word repeatedly.

For e.g. a Professor of mine had this habit of using the word "right?" after every sentence he spoke in class. ("The Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns would apply to this situation. Right? and so on)

Been wracking my mind on what could be the word to describe such usage.

For those reader who are familiar with Hindi, I am looking for the equivalent of the word "Takia Kalam"

Looking forward to hear from you folks.

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Hello, from stranger to stranger. In my language they call the often irritating thing a "stopword".(stopwoordje)
I guess it can be regarded as a nervous phenomenen (tic). Involuntary interruptions of speech.
I know someone who uses about three times "You know?" before he gets to the end of the sentence. Tedious.

I'm curious to learn the English word for it too. \:\)

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hmm. to start with, stopwords are something entirely else in (English) computerese. hmm.

-joe (um, could be fillers , you know?) friday

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welcome, Gautam.

how about "annoying"?


and Bran, you're a Pooh-bah, you're no Stranger. :¬ )


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Hey Gautam

Welcome to the board. I'm an infrequent dropper in, but I'm sure the regulars will give you a rousing reception.

If I'm not mistaken takia kalam (a phrase new to me) is probably more Urdu/Persian than Sanskrit. Am I right in assuming it translates as "pillow pen" or "pillow talk"?

The closest that English has, to my knowledge, for this is something like "catchphrase", though the usage is quite different.

I have also heard writers describe such behaviour as a form of 'verbal tic', but again, that's a far more general description than the specific one you seek.

Wish I could have been more helpful.

cheer

the sunshine warrior

PS. Ha! It's taken me just over 8 years to get to 1000 posts!

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see link to 'filler' above, as my post was superseded by others while I was editing.

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I'd go with discourse marker (link). Other kinds of disfluencies (link) are fillers (link) and hedges (link)


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more on fillers

-joe (dueling disfluencies) friday

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Perhaps signature phrase, catchphrase, or personal cliché.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
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 Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
Perhaps signature phrase, catchphrase, or personal cliché.


Zigackly. In context, with my limited Hindi, that's what I thought too. Haven't heard the phrase 'personal cliché' before though.

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