Filler

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A filler is a word or phrase used to fill pauses in speech. Like hedges, they may also be used to avoid having to make a definite statement or commitment.[1]

While many people feel awkward if they have to pause while speaking and therefore prefer to preempt an embarrassing silence using fillers or hesitation markers, communication experts actually recommend a silent pause as it gives the speaker a chance to think of what to say next, and the listener a chance to "catch up", especially if they are following instructions.[2]

Typical filler words[edit]

  • basically
  • really
  • like
  • well

Typical filler phrases[edit]

  • I mean
  • In fact
  • You know (what I mean)

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