Let’s stop demonizing “filler words”

With so many rules of what words one should or should not use, this is an interesting article

Everyday linguistic anthropology

A few days ago, the New York Times published an article by Christopher Mele about so-called “filler words,” telling people to stop using them. Reporting on language often frustrates me, and this was no exception. In fact, thirty-odd linguists — including me — sent them a letter detailing our many concerns with this article. In particular, the article makes two major mistakes:

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