Stop Feeling Bad About Saying ‘Um’ and ‘Uh’

We’ve all received the conventional wisdom that filler words like “um,” “uh,” and the especially dreaded “like” have no place in conversation. They make you sound dumb! They diminish your authority! But, according to a linguist, filler words serve an important function, and we shouldn’t be so quick to try to banish them from conversation.

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