Joining the old-timers "we" and "one," these days in seemingly every verbal venue, the word "so" has added its smarmy song to the verbal-flatulence chorus. These days, questions asked by interviewers are answered, in preface, by the word "so."
Why did the cat get up on the garage roof?
So, it seems that the prospect was just too irresistible.
What color is the white house?
So, white has always been the preferred color of a majority of houses.
Why is the sky blue?
So, the sky has its devices....
How does it happen that "so" has joined the verbal flatulence realm?
So, if everyone is doing it, it's cozy and social and sounds thoughtful and offers a moment in which to reflect so, I dunno.
So, why not?
So it sounds dumber than a box of rocks.