I’m going to take a brief break in my critical diatribe against the verbal tics of public radio hosts to give an honorable mention to a frequent subject of public radio reports: Hillary Clinton.
She has become the queen of “You know.” Just listen to her extemporizing on the stump, in interviews, or in debates. She seems to add one to three “you knows” to every single sentence.
How long has this been going on? Don’t they teach them better than that at Wellesley?
She also seems to have quieted her shrill voice and midwestern accent. Perhaps the extra difficulty of mitigating those is what is causing all the “you knows”.