A friend and former colleague of mine sent me an email with the subject line: Is that just me? His pet peeve is people’s frequent usage of “So.” I’m guilty of this.
So I thought about it. I use "so" instead of “therefore” because I dislike "therefore" so much. “Therefore” sounds cumbersome and a bit formal. Besides, I have to hit keys nine times. “So” needs only two clicks.
I love "so." It’s short and handy. But I used it too many times, so I’d like to use something else if I can. I’ve been aware of my over usage. In truth, I want to quit using so or therefore or any of those conjunctive words if possible.
Many years ago, my boss, Mark, who sat in the cubical next to mine said looking at my report, “Keiko, you don’t have any transition words! That’s amazing.” In reply, I did explain to him about my background and the art of Japanese language. He nodded. He probably had deeper understanding of this subject than other team members. His lunch buddy often called in the morning while he was away. Sometimes, I picked up his call. Once I left a note as below on his desk. It said,
He saw it and asked.
“Do you know what this is, Keiko?”
“You can’t tell?” I said.
“I wrote it. It’s simple.”
He still looked puzzled, so I said,
“Mark, Dave called. Keiko”
Because of Mark’s help, I began adding conjunctives in my sentences and paying attention to them. But I guess I went overboard. Now I need to reconsider my over usage of so. What would you suggest to use instead of so or therefore? Also how can I use them less often?
By the way, my son's name is Sol. When I call him, it sounds So. I probably should add "L" to it.