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Letís Be Clear, (Democratic Presidential) Candidates Use a Lot of Filler Phrases
Wall Street Journal ^ | November 20, 2019 | Lindsay Huth and Lakshmi Ketineni

Posted on 11/22/2019 10:55:04 AM PST by karpov

Here’s the deal: Presidential candidates issue plenty of pointed barbs in debates, but they use a lot of filler language, too.

Phrases such as “let’s be clear” and “the end of the day,” buy the speaker time to collect themselves, think ahead and formulate an answer. Among the Democratic contenders, the fact is, Vice President Joe Biden utters them most frequently (and “the fact is” has been his most-used phrase).

The Wall Street Journal identified 23 commonly used three-, four- and five-word phrases and their variations spoken by candidates during the four Democratic presidential debates and tracked the number of times they were said.

Mr. Biden used almost six filler phrases for every 1,000 words he spoke, the highest rate among the Democrats still running and far above their average of 2.6.

Asked about the findings, Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo said, “The fact of the matter is that poll after poll has shown that Joe Biden is the candidate who will defeat” President Trump.

Debates are strange environments, linguists say. Candidates are under pressure to deliver quick, precise responses that sound extemporaneous. There is little of the back-and-forth of normal conversation, in which one speaker might backtrack or revise their phrasing based on feedback from the other participant.

“There’s a weird, artificial feeling to [debates],” said Julie Sedivy, a cognitive scientist who has written about politics and language.

The cognitive demands are high, so easy-to-summon phrases like “first of all” and “here’s the deal” allow candidates to momentarily hold the floor while they formulate the more substantive part of their statement, Ms. Sedivy said. For the listeners, the words draw attention to the speaker’s next remark while conveying certainty and authority.

“These seemingly empty bits of speech are doing quite a bit of work in an incredibly demanding environment,”

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1 posted on 11/22/2019 10:55:04 AM PST by karpov
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Mr. Biden used almost six filler phrases for every 1,000 words he spoke, the highest rate among the Democrats still running and far above their average of 2.6.

This buys Joe a lot of time to really think about what he wants to say.

And his answers STILL make no sense.

2 posted on 11/22/2019 10:59:09 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: karpov
Banal, trite phrases "buy the speaker time to collect themselves, think ahead and formulate an answer." -- Moronial Authoresses Lindsay Huth and Lakshmi Ketineni

Any sentient person KNOWS Democrats cannot think. The so-called "debates' and the race to give away the most trillions proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt.

3 posted on 11/22/2019 10:59:25 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ClearCase_guy
Mr. Biden used almost six filler phrases for every 1,000 words he spoke...

...and it still left Mr. Biden plenty of time for hair-sniffing and child-fondling.

4 posted on 11/22/2019 11:00:49 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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TJ Ducklo said, “The fact of the matter is that poll after poll...”


Anybody else see the irony there. :D


5 posted on 11/22/2019 11:04:24 AM PST by cuban leaf (The political war playing out in every country now: Globalists vs Nationalists)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

6 posted on 11/22/2019 11:06:45 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: karpov

You have never heard Trump utter one of those trite overused phrases.


7 posted on 11/22/2019 11:10:28 AM PST by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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To: karpov
Everything Biden says is full of dead-end tangents that just die in a sigh, and random syllables that aren’t anchored to any particular word in the English language.
8 posted on 11/22/2019 11:12:57 AM PST by dead (Trump puts crazy glue on their grenades and they never know it until after they pull the pin.)
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To: karpov

at the end of the day, it is what it is, as well.


9 posted on 11/22/2019 11:16:08 AM PST by bewildered
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To: karpov

It’s better than I, I, I, Me, Me, Me that we got out of the last guy.


10 posted on 11/22/2019 11:18:07 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizens Are Born Here of Citizen Parents_Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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11 posted on 11/22/2019 11:52:05 AM PST by dead (Trump puts crazy glue on their grenades and they never know it until after they pull the pin.)
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I actually keep a list...

Part 2, phrases.

We are better than this

Not who we are

Protect our democracy

Climate of fear

When was America ever great?

trying to rase awareness

bridge the gap between

diverse and inclusive

to start a conversation

white toxic misogynist

Wrongthink and Hatefacts

we choose truth over facts

This is what democracy looks like.

do not use gendered language.

“violent white supremacist ideology” that “offends us all.”

.

we won the popular vote

men can have periods

there are more than two genders

born this way

bake the cake bigot

2T in transfer payments setasides preferences aren’t enough we need reparations

Love trumps hate

.


12 posted on 11/22/2019 12:25:10 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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When you are not a person who TOUCHED a book after HS, that is how you have to talk.

It means you are too uneducated to speak properly or like an individual


13 posted on 11/22/2019 1:02:19 PM PST by SMARTY ("Nobility is defined by the demands it makes on us - by obligations, not by rights".)
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To: dead

Love it - pertains to so many Dems....


14 posted on 11/23/2019 2:37:13 AM PST by trebb (Don't howl about illegal leeches, or Trump in general, while not donating to FR - it's hypocritical.)
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To: TLI

Love Trump’s Hate!
My Favorite.
Thanks.


15 posted on 11/23/2019 6:21:27 AM PST by Big Red Badger (Despised by the Despicable!)
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