So why do scientists tend to start answers with "So..."?

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Samuel Brown  asked the Naked Scientists:
Dear Chris & Co

Hello there. Greetings from sunny (and hot!) Finland.

I haven't tuned into TNS for at least a couple of years, so please accept my apologies for that.

I've just taken a look at the website and it seems there have been a few changes - new people arriving, old people leaving, are you still on three counties radio et al?

As a bit of catch up I am downloading the latest podcast to which I will give my full undivided attention.

I do actually have a question - I hope you won't laugh at it too much because it seems silly on the surface, but here goes -

Why do all science types (doctors, engineers, researchers etc) always seem to begin an answer to every question in radio interviews with the word "So" ?

I have noticed this over the last couple of years, it seems to be a very common thing. Speaking as a non-scientific type, it seems almost rude, as if to disregard the person asking the question and to turn the answer into a stand alone statement.

Just curious - seems to be an epidemic in the scientific community. Anyone else noticed this? Slightly irritating if you listen to a lot of podcasts, but please feel free to begin your reply with "So the reason this happens is because..." if you feel like it:)

All the best, hope to catch up with what you are all doing over the next few podcasts

take care from Finland,


Samuel Brown

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So why do scientists tend to start answers with \
« Reply #1 on: 26/09/2011 09:38:27 »
So, what's your point?
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