Lately I’ve been observing the use of filler words. You know, like, actually, totally overused meaningless words. The two phrases that interest me most are “you know” and “I mean”. When people say “you know” all the time, are they craving for understanding? Is what they’re actually trying to say “Surely you understand what I’m trying to say?” When someone says “you know” to me, I want to say to them “No, I don’t know. Could you please explain further?”.
Saying “you know” doesn’t magically make the other person understand what you’re trying to communicate. What really makes the other person understand better is clearly articulating your thoughts, with, like, actual words.