The Professor

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By Susanne Swanson

“Do you know how many times you’ve said ‘okay’ in the last minute?” she blurted out.

(Twenty times by my reckoning. She was not the only one counting.) He stopped. Public speaking was not his forte, though economics may have been.

“Twenty-three times!” she announced.

“Sorry,’ he said. “Didn’t know I was doing it.”

The rest of us knew and thanked her. We were on edge waiting for the ‘okay’ and winced when it came. No sentence was immune.

“I’ll work on it, okay?” he promised. “But when it’s quiet you’ll know what I’m thinking, okay?”

Okaaaay! we shouted.

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11 thoughts on “The Professor

  1. 😂 ooooh yes.

    I feel the same with:

    “D’ya know what I mean?”

    “Uuuuh” or “eeeem” in new reports. Really grates!

    Don’t get me started on people who try to echo the end of one’s sentences in conversation…

    The meaning of the surrounding speech does fade away to nothing, you are right. Very irritating!!

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