Have you noticed a fairly recent societal verbal tic in which people start their sentences with the word So? I first became aware of it when MegWhitman was running for governor of California and when answering interviewers’ questions, she began almost every response with “So.”
Interviewer: How do you plan to help the California economy grow?
MW: So we have a plan that will create many new jobs in the technology sector.
Now I am hearing this introductory So constantly, in response to questions but also to make general conversation:
“So I decided to blow off studying and see a movie instead.”
“So I hope I remember to set my clock back on Saturday night.”
“So the days are getting shorter.”
It doesn’t mean “therefore” in these cases. It’s just filler. So stop it already!