‘Umm’, ‘like’, ‘ya know’ and ‘uh’ are just a few of many filler words used by otherwise intelligent English speaking Americans
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 28, 2007
InterviewStream.com, the exclusive online destination for interview technology, today announced the "Umm Like All-Stars" – a collection of some of America’s worst public offenders when it comes to butchering the English language. The entire roster of "Umm Like All-Stars" can be found at http://www.UmmLike.com/topten, and includes athletes to presidential nominees. There, visitors are invited to vote for the worst Umm Like offender of 2007.
InterviewStream.com developed UmmLike.com to highlight the rampant – and often annoying – use of ‘filler’ language that has infiltrated our speech habits in recent years.
"‘Umm’, ‘like’, ‘ya know’ and ‘uh’ are just a few of many filler words used by otherwise intelligent English speaking Americans," said Randy Bitting, InterviewStream.com co-founder. "We’ve found some stunning examples of well-regarded people who can’t get out of their own way when speaking."
The "Umm Like All-Stars" include:
- Barack Obama – the presidential aspirant stumbled his way through one "Larry King" appearance, mumbling "uh" 73 times in less than five minutes.
- Britney Spears – the pop diva and former mousketeer uh, totally, overuses fillers and once used a combination of Umm, Like and Ya Know 73 times in five minutes.
- Michelle Wie – the teenage golf sensation once used an astonishing 16 "ya knows" and "I means" during a one-minute interview.
- Andy Reid – the Philadelphia Eagle’s head coach, who loves his filler language as much as his Philly steaks, once used "uh" 30 times during a 2.2 minute interview.
- Allen Iverson – the award-winning NBA all-star continually repeats the filler phrase ‘I mean’ nearly a dozen times during a two-minute interview. Unfortunately, we still don’t get what he means.
Stunningly, celebutant gal-pals Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie did not make the All-Star list. Their recent post-jail and pre-baby interviews were impressively palatable.
"We know their reputations, but they’re actually much better-spoken than people think," said InterviewStream.com co-founder, Miles Munz. "We were, like, amazed."
While celebrities, athletes, debutants and even presidential contenders are seemingly becoming less eloquent, the National Association of Colleges and Employers maintains that for the last eight years communication skills have topped the list of the "skills and qualities that employers rate as most important."
In order to circumvent America’s poor language-etiquette epidemic, Ummlike.com also offers exercises and tools for filler-word prevention during job interviews, client presentations and public speaking, including the Umm-o-Meter. The InterviewStream site allows site users to count the number of fillers they use in their speech—thus reducing interview-wrecking habits and saving the English language one part-of-speech at a time.
Media interviews are available with co-founders, student users, executive search firm user, corporate recruiters, speech pathologist, and more. For more info contact Kristi Hughes at press(at)interviewstream.com.
InterviewStream.com is the premier provider of video interviewing solutions. Their six product suite of proprietary online technology provides video interview solutions to universities, career candidates & recruiters around the globe including 9 of the top 10 global MBA Programs and the #1 entry level job board.
Founded in 2003 by Miles Munz and Randy Bitting, both named "Top 30 Under 30: American’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs" by Inc. magazine in August 2007, InterviewStream has quickly become the ‘industry standard’ practice and screening interview tool for thousands of job seekers, career counselors & employers – across 4 continents and in 44 of the U.S. states.
InterviewStream, LLC is a privately held company headquartered just ten miles outside Philadelphia in Conshohocken, PA.
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