Sep 242009

I just came across some lovely illustrations of how the filler ‘sort of’ adds meaning. (Thanks, Tom!) It’s a quote from the comedian Demetri Martin:

‘Sort of’ is such a harmless thing to say. ‘Sort of’. It’s just a filler. ‘Sort of’ – it doesn’t really mean anything. But after certain things, ‘sort of’ means everything.

Like after ‘I love you’

or ‘You’re going to live’

or ‘It’s a boy!’

To see Demetri deliver it – see three minutes into this video…

Ah sadly the video has disappeared since I posted it – sorry folks!

 Posted by at 11:25 pm

  11 Responses to “It’s kinda tricky and like sort of hard to explain”

  1. Loved the video! Thanks very much for sharing.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. There’s another one here:

  3. This stuff is fantastic – thanks for the heads up.

  4. Thank YOU for stopping by Tony.

  5. I showed that to my son, he laughed and laughed.
    me too.

  6. Funny! Needed that 😉 although I do wonder what it’s a boy, sort of… would be exactly.


  7. Karenne – I wondered that too. You gotta love ambiguity!

  8. It’s sort of been a long time since you posted – everything ok?

  9. Oh thanks for asking, Chris. Yes, I’m fine – just been a bit snowed under with other writing of late. New posting is now up and looking forward to checking in on blogosphere happenings too.

  10. Great video! And a fantastic illustration of how much more there is to a filler. Love his humour.

  11. Thanks so much for stopping by, Kati. Great to meet you.

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