I Mean

I mean, I'm sure I'm not the first person who's noticed this, right? I mean, everyone's saying it, right? I mean, everyone! Even Megan Draper in the 1960s is saying it. Did you notice? I mean, it was only once, a couple episodes ago, not last night's. But, I mean, she said it! She woke Don up to tell him she wanted to pursue her acting career and quit the agency. And suddenly, I mean... And it was the literal usage, as in "What I mean is..." it was the modern-day equivalent of ummmm or what the French might call, ehhhhhhhh. And you know it wasn't in the script. She just said it because that's what modern-day actors/real people say today. And no one, not the editors or producers or directors caught it. Or if they did, the rest of the take was perfect so they just figured, no one is going to notice, right? I mean, why would they?

I mean, what's going on folks? When did I mean take over from like as the most-used meaningless word of the times and are we all okay with this? I mean, like was less intrusive, wasn't it? I mean, like, it was, wasn't it?

The comments are now open below. I mean, go ahead and discuss amongst yourselves. Really. I mean, I mean it.

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Yes, I've noticed EVERYONE saying "I mean" at the beginning of their sentences for months now. It drives me absolutely bonkers. I hate it. It's seems to be the new thing to say that took over from "It is what it is" and "it's so surreal".

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