As you know, the sentence is superfluous

The quasi-nonsense

A teacher has gathered his students for an experiment. The young people are seated around a table - a recording device in the middle. Their task is to just get started, to chat, to discuss: about something, about leisure time, about football, an open air, a book - whatever. For twenty minutes. A happy back and forth relaxes.

Then the young people, together with their teacher, transcribe what they have spoken: precisely word for word.

It's about "filler words": words that are just ballast and that are not needed to be understood. In fact: “somehow”, “so to speak”, “quasi”. And so on.

All filler words have now been crossed out and counted in the written text. The result: over 27 percent of the spoken words were unnecessary for the understanding of the sentences: without informative value.

Of course, this wasn't a scientific study. The result depends on the age of the “test subjects”, the topic they are talking about, the mood they are in - and their education and social class.

Nevertheless: Nobody doubts that the spoken language is teeming with "filler words" and "bloat words".

“I actually think that it'll work somehow then.” Actually. Somehow.

Language purists have long declared war on filler words. They often argue according to the motto: A text is only perfect if you can't leave anything out. Filler words, they say, are bad style. But the purists refer to the written language. And everyone agrees: There should be as few filler words as possible in the written language.

But they can also be used intelligently and carefully in writing. The texts of many renowned authors are full of filler words.

A pinch of nonsense is part of it

And what about the spoken language? Are filler words that bad? Here they fulfill various functions: First of all, they are there to gain time when speaking. While saying a few nonsense words, the brain has time to work out the following sentence.

"It really is as I have said several times that ..."

"That's a good question, I would like to say that ..."

Second, filler words serve the flow of language. If you were always extremely careful not to use filler words when speaking, you would speak in a rather choppy, bloodless and artificial way. A touch of nonsense is part of the casual way of speaking.

Filler words can also emphasize something: "I really want to say that ..."

In addition, they often unconsciously relativize a clear statement. "I think that ...", "Apparently it is so that ..." "I think that ...". One does not represent something as absolute, but relativizes it by declaring it as one's own opinion. This is how you hide yourself from a clear statement.

Annoying, annoying

Filler words belong to the spoken language. And yet: They can be terribly annoying, especially if they are used excessively. Each and every one of us has a tick, including a filler word tick.

Right at the top of the filler word hit parade are "somehow", "somehow", "however", "known", "actually", "effective", "completely", "really", "to some extent", "namely" , "Apparently", "probably", "relatively", "quasi", "so to speak".

As the Austrian writer and satirist Karl Kraus said: "I don't associate with people who use the word 'effective'."

There are people who say "or" after every sentence. (Probably an abbreviation for "Or, what I say is true".)

Others end each sentence with: "Gäll, nöd", "nidv," nöd true ". (An abbreviation for: "So what I say is not true.)

Such spleens can then become mockery. The person concerned then becomes a “bad-true caricature”. Or: "Ah, here comes the quasi-Lukas."

But actually we are somehow not really aware of which quirks we seem to have effectively. Or?