So, I have grown out of using the word “like” as my filler word when I speak. Its replacement: So.
And it turns out I’m not alone – according to an article in the NY Times, my use of the word is one of the [few] ways I’m a stereotypical Software Developer
So it is widely believed that the recent ascendancy of â€œsoâ€ began in Silicon Valley. The journalist Michael Lewis picked it up when researching his 1999 book â€œThe New New Thingâ€: â€œWhen a computer programmer answers a question,â€ he wrote, â€œhe often begins with the word â€˜so.â€™ â€ Microsoft employees have long argued that the â€œsoâ€ boom began with them.
In the software world, it was a tic that made sense. In immigrant-filled technology firms, it democratized talk by replacing a world of possible transitions with a catchall. And â€œsoâ€ suggested a kind of thinking that appealed to problem-solving software types: conversation as a logical, unidirectional process â€” if this, then that.
So much for being unique.