So, I've been listening to lots of excellent technical talks on the internet lately, Pycon 2009 and Google IO for example. Perhaps it's just me, but one weird trend stands out for me, very often speakers either begin their talk, begin a new paragraph, or begin an answer with the word So.
WikiAnswers even has an answer on this. Yes, it's not grammatical.
But why is it so common?
"So" suggests the speaker is continuing a previous train of thought. So is a conjunction that can be used to connect two clauses.
Perhaps it's a way for a slightly anxious speaker to launch into their talk with a feeling that they are already on a roll rather than starting from a cold start.
In any case, it's a redundant element at the start of a sentence, that seems to have crept into wide use. I hope it dies out.
The ability to access the content of fantastic conferences via the internet is extremely valuable. Being there is great but after a long flight can be very tiring.
I wish Apple would live stream WWDC so I could count the so's.