I used to use um to start a sentence frequently. Like giving myself a second to think before I speak. The ability to talk fast is a considered a strength in the social arena and in business. That poses a potential/probable conundrum for sz. When freely communicating to other earthlings, we should be given a moment to take in a message and if prompted, reply, out of Respect more than anything-- am I right??
I’ve been noticing when I call customer care lines nowadays, they wait 2-3 seconds before responding. That’s very refreshing and something I think everyone on a phone should incorporate. Maybe then we can have a more thoughtful and engaging conversation. Wow, this thought went places. From an um… to my soapbox.
(when I say Respect, I mean a healthy respect, not one of entitlement)