This has been annoying me for quite some time now, but this morning, hearing “Yeah, I mean” used again and again, I felt it was time to bring out the curmudgeon in me and get out a brief blog on the phrase.
I have heard too many interviewees, mostly sports personalities, begin their answer to an interviewer’s question by saying “Yeah, I mean.” The interviewer may not even have asked them a yes or no question, but those are the first words of the reply.
Geeeeze Loueeeze, why don’t you say what you meant in the first place? Is this a stalling tactic so that you can come up with a reasonable answer? Do you even know what you mean?
“Champ, how as it out there today?”
“Yeah, I mean, it was brutal"
Where did this come from? When will it end?
Yeah, I mean.