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    Smile {an expression} for repeated words in speech

    Howdy
    I wonder if anyone can help me with the words that are repeated in speech. What are they called in English? Once I used "pet words". I'm not sure if it's right or not.
    For example, she keeps saying "well" in her speech. "Well" is her....?
    Thanks a bunch

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    Re: {an expression} for repeated words in speech

    I can't think of another term for what you describe, except "favourite word", but "pet word" is better.
    I think I'm more likely to have heard "pet phrase" than "pet word".

    She doesn't seem to have much sympathy for her brother.
    No, she says he's his own worst enemy.
    That's her pet phrase, she says that about everybody.

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    Re: {an expression} for repeated words in speech

    I agree, I prefer "pet phrase" to "pet word" but I don't think it really fits the example in the OP. The use of "well" - or worse, "like" - interspersed randomly in speech without any grammatical necessity is really more of a verbal tic, and you don't normally see it written down as much.

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    Re: {an expression} for repeated words in speech

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, moonlike:


    (1) I think that some experts use the phrase verbal fillers.

    (a) The 40th president of the United States of America, the Honorable Ronald Wilson Reagan, often started his sentences with:

    Well, blah blab blah.

    (i) In researching this answer, I learned that his speechwriters often had him do this on purpose.

    (b) The verbal filler that drives me bananas (crazy) is You know.

    (i) When I hear someone on TV constantly punctuating his speech with "You know"s, I have to turn the channel.

    (c) And I guess some American girls like to constantly say Like: "He was, like, so cute!"

    *****

    WELL, LIKE, YOU KNOW, HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: {an expression} for repeated words in speech

    Thank you all .

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    Re: {an expression} for repeated words in speech

    I consider the pervasive use of "like" as a "verbal tic."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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