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    When speaking: Bush's "Err..." versus My "Umm..."

    Can I please get an official ruling on "Err..." when used as a space holder in US oral language/speech? I know the etymology of ERR well.
    –verb (used without object) 1. to go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken; be incorrect.
    2. to go astray morally; sin: To err is human.
    3. Archaic. to deviate from the true course, aim, or purpose.

    Origin: 1275–1325; ME erren < OF errer < L errāre; akin to Goth airzjan, OHG irrôn, G irren
    To violate accepted moral standards; sin.
    Archaic To stray.

    1. to make a mistake or be incorrect
    2. wander from a direct course or at random;

    Armed with that knowledge, I do not ever think I have engaged the word in common American speech as a "pause place holder." However, it has somehow snook its way big time into my written American dialogue. When writing US dialouge, I suddenly find myself using the ...err... to designate premeditated IRONY, not stumbling for the right word.
    eg: "Sisterhood is...Err...Powerful!" vs "Sisterhood is...Umm..Powerful!"

    Ruling please.

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    Re: When speaking: Bush's "Err..." versus My "Umm..."

    ahaha... belly-laugh:

    Have you ever heard of 'Bushism'?

    Bushism encyclopedia topics |

    for more...
    bushisms - Google Search

    However, folks, don't misunderestimate him!


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