Have heard a few guest speakers lately on the radio, mainly females I must admit, the number of times they say ‘UM’ after just a few words and all the way through what ever it is they are talking about it is appalling, ‘UM ‘sounds dreadful. I wonder if anyone ever speaks to them about this habit that they probably don’t even realize they do it
As I have posted previously the standard of diction has reduced in recent years.
Even the standard of every day speech in many cases has resulted in a mumble [yes my hearing has deteriorated] and much of the conversation is a gabble. At one time there were broadcast training schools and it is obvious which announcers graduated from these.