03 March 2006

Filler Spoilers!

You know, Indian team is not bad. You know, Kaif played awesomely. Really Awesome dude! You know, Kumble was even more awesome. You know finally the south Indians are displaying that killer instinct like Punjabis!”(Score: You Know=3, Awesome = 3)
Score after 5 minutes, You Know = 20, Awesome=13! You sure have come across someone, who has this uncanny ability of spoiling the conversation with their excessive usage of supposedly cool quirky fillers! Most of the times, we are the culprits!

The strange thing about these fillers is that, you realize they are seasonal. They are also highly addictive. They embed in your conversation without your knowledge. And before you realize, they have crept into your daily lexicon and taken up the position of every third word in your unfinished sentences that you utter non-stop to the apparently-intent-listener who is actually thinking ,“Will you shut the F*** Up?”.

Ofcourse it can be argued that it is just your lack of ability to speak proper English and that while you grope in mid-air for appropriate connectors to sentences, you spill these fillers which kinda-sorta fits in that place and makes sense to the listener. But the spoiler part is, when you use them in millisecond gaps that forces the listener to re-sort your words in that short span to understand what you are trying to say, as by now, they know, if they don’t do it, they will be buried under the pile of You know, Awesome stuff!

Perhaps the reason is not their lack of conjunctions, but the speed in which they think, that forces them to jump to 3rd sentence in their head while they are coughing up the first one. The culprit for incessant filler-words could be the time delay between Brain-Mouth-co-ordination. Either they have to trust their temporary memory to hold the 2nd, 3rd, 4th sentence until their windpipe can breathe some air or end up choking to death on trying to spit too many words! Jeez! Fillers save lives! Now, that is Suweeeet!

Maybe I should change the title to “Filler Saviors”!

Being a loyal Capital One customer, I have to ask you, “What’s your Filler?”!


Grafxgurl said...

hello! thanks for dropping by my blog!
welcoem anytime! :)

Parvati said...

You find the strangest subjects for your posts; and boy! - do they get curiouser and curiouser!

Shpriya said...

Dont forget that you teachers are the inspiration for using these fillers:) Dont tell me you havent counted the number of times your English teacher or your Maths teacher used fillers :)

shubha said...


d.K.m said...

Awesome stuff!! You know :P

MotoRama said...

Hey Grafxgurl,
I will make a trip when u post something new.

Yello Parvati:Glad u noticed :) I will blame it on my GG(geminian genes).

I sure did Shpriya :)esp. when the class got boring :P

Shubha :)

Hey kishore!yeah..i know ;)

Pincushion said...

Tell u wot..its ummm..kinda intersting ..in an ummmm...u know..what i mean! wicked ;)

Jenni said...

My filler is "or whatever" tacked on to the end of a phrase or sentence.

small squirrel said...

as a linguist, I have to say this post made me belly laugh. this phenomenon is very common. and annoying.

my filler? probably "uh" "um" "yeah" or "shutthefu**up" LOL

MotoRama said...

cushion:umm...very interesting!

I am glad it is not just "whatever" bcoz that is the easiest way to piss anyone :)

Jess..enjoy maadi :))

Neets said...

love your sarcasm man! fillers invade our day-to-talk. it fills for our laziness(cant botther ot find another word), our disinterest, our need to exaggurate , our dire need to cover-up, etc verry effectively. Can we live one day thru without using a filler?
Shpriya... great point... the fillers and their varied pronounciations courtesy our lecturers and teachers.

@tom said...

heh..heh..u know thats awesome!

W-Bix said...

er... ermm... mmm... uhhuuh?? OK... You know... you know non??
those are mine!
allez right... :)

*that was a fun blog

Anamika said...

A Croco wants to be trusted...that sounds cool. Fillers are saviours..that sounds even cool(er).So finally a cool is my coolest one.:):)

Twilight Fairy said...

Mine happens to be "ah-haaan" these days :)

camera shy said...

i like how most people speak in similes

like all the time

Andy said...

Oh, a fantastic subject for a blog post! Truly! This has to be one of the wittiest, sharpest things I've had the pleasure of reading in a long while... so thanks! x

iamnasra said...

quick visit to say hello to you ...hope all is well on your side of the world

Priyamvada_K said...

Haven't seen you in a while. Hope all's well.


Maltova said...


Have you stopped writing or what?

Come back, will ya?

MotoRama said...

Whoa! I sure have not been visiting my blogsite for a while due to my new job! Glad a few missed me!

Thanks Neets!

Thanks Tom!

Hey Wbix!Welcome back!

That's hot Anamika!

ah-haan Fairy!Will make a visit to ur page soon!

hahaha!I know Camera-shy!I am one of them...:))

Thanks for the generous comment Andy!

Everything is ok here Nasra!

Hey Priya,
Still waiting for that email! All's well here!

Thanks for the motivation Buddy!It so happens..that i just saw KANK! New Blog coming soon!