Tuesday, November 10, 2009

170. Of Hmm,Umm,Mmm & Aww's

Well ,I am still alright .I sometimes fail to understand why people especially girls use these kind of chat lingo's.Some say its a kind of obsession. But this can be fun at times you want to avoid someone. 'k' would work in such cases. 'Hmm' would do good when some one is irritating you or may be when someone is telling you something or may be complimenting you. 'Ummm!' and 'Mmm' can be used in different contexts. They are very much related to each other. I get pissed off when people use such fillers to express their emotions.I guess messengers have smileys for the same. May be some hate it and they stick to this new chat lingo. Now experts have started with their research work. Let they do their survey ,but before that I thought of conducting a survey. Hmm!! so it would be rather insane to ask any random people. I decided to query few of my blogger buddies and my other friends I have around 47 interesting souls of which most of them have a common reply.
First I decided to catch some female bloggers.
So, here is the much awaited question of the year.
Q.) Why do people use words like Hmm,Mmm and Umm during chats? and here are the reactions.

1.Disha: 'cause it's boring to type long sentences and people are busy talking to 10 people at a time on chat!
(Soli speaks - > Why would you talk to a multi tasker? )

2.Kritika: they shw that smeone is thinking
(Soli speaks -> showing what )

3.Urvashi: to show that they r thinkin
(Soli speaks -> Again showing! )

4.Rashmi: and that is "they are word fillers"
(Solli speaks -> Hmm! )

5.Ajay: coz they hav nothin to say
(Soli speaks -> Did you bug him ? )

6.Arun: to express that they r listening
(Soli speaks -> guess you are an Airtel customer )

7.Sreya: Coz they can't type fast ? Okay.
(Soli speaks -> are you asking me )

8.Diana : through hmmmm...they perhaps mean that they are thinking
(Soli speaks -> and what about umm,mmm,awww and k )

9.Shweta: because they are trying to tell u dat u r very boring...n dey dnt want to talk to u
(Soli speaks -> we both think alike dear )

10.Prachi: because they want to show that they are listening
(Soli speaks -> listening to what ? Bappi Laheri?? )

11.Madhu(Mads) : coz dey dnt hav nethin to say..they lack fluency.
(Soli speaks -> bang on target. LoL Enlighten me )

12.Chronicwriter: Hmm...Umm. Mmmm
(Soli speaks -> thats what I'm asking you Mr.Chrony! )

13.Riya: for expressiong those expressions which dey can't expess in words or wen they do not find exact word for their feelings
(Soli speaks -> Hmm! )

14.Vidhu: Hmm...Ummm..Mmm. kya bataun tujhe ab main iska answer .. padh padh ke mera sense of humour bhi khatm ho chuka hai..probably to cover d awkward gaps in conversations ? where people dnt know how to reply but have to make some acknowledgement of what the other person is talking about????
(Soli speaks -> don't study too much )

15.Sona di: acknowledging, there are listening..agreeing.. i suppose.
(Soli speaks -> dii can't be wrong )

16.Shruti Shane: well..maybe to show that they're thinking wht to write when they're on the phone..cz i do that!
(Soli speaks -> I didn't ask about phone )

17.Suree: thats means they r thinking...or they dont find anything to say at that moment
(Soli speaks -> i see )

18.Amal: hehe.. donno :P:P y?oh.. ;);)hmm.. coz they are thinking :P:P n dont want to other to think that uve gone away ;);)
(Soli speaks -> a mixture of emotions )

19.Lillian: coz these r expression ppl use while talking..n they want the same feel while chatting
(Soli speaks -> yup )

20.Prats: ask the ones who say :p
(Soli speaks -> i see you don't hmm or umm )

21.Ridhima: hmm well its like adding background music to one's chat :D..P.S "the humming music" inspired by the humming bird;)
(Soli speaks -> LoL )

22.Americanising Desi: mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i do cuz i m least interested in the convo :P
(Soli speaks -> ahan I see blog princess! )

23.Srivatsan: we get stuck at words sometimes and hmmmmmm fills it! if someone shares his/her sad story,what can u say to console them or make them feel that we're listening to them?? so hmmm,umm and mmm !
(Soli speaks -> nice answer )

24.Saad: that's the sound of thinking.. :D.
(Solli speaks-> sound of thinking lol )

25.Nushu: haah coz they are bored
( Soli speaks -> bored hehe )

26.Amrita: hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
(Soli speaks -> what it means? )

27.Kajal Iyer: Ummm dunno :-P
(Soli speaks -> you should know this )

28.Arjun: i hate it whn they use it..donno y... they use it maybe whn they are not amused by our reply..!!: awww's are very artificial... XYZ uses it a lot
(Soli speaks -> his ex often these lingo's )

29.Thoorika: we play it safe!!! we dont express our opinions blatantly and get into trouble after wards cos of the choice of words! :D
(Soli speaks -> now what is this thoorz? )

30.Akansha: who the heck said it is only gals... u r getting very gender-biased these days,kid... [-(
(Soli speaks -> come back soon...and how is Jupiter ? )

31.Dhanya: When you are speechless or overcome with emotions and you dunno how to express it you go hmmm, mmmm, ummm and awwww.
(Soli speaks -> beautiful answer )

32.Hina Mirza: Thats actually a very good question ste, I never thought about it, although I myself do it very much. :-P I'll think about it now :-p
(Soli speaks -> ok think and lemme know soon )

33.Saim: Vocab Deficiency:P
(Soli speaks -> exactly )

34.Pankhuri: hahahahahahaahah :D Because this is sumthng that the guys will never understand :D iska yeh matlab hua ki ladkey budhu hotey hain aur unhey kuch samaj nahi aata :D Naa comment aur naa hi taunt :D :P
(Soli speaks -> you are a devil )

35.Shruti Nair: did someone say indirect attack.. dhuuu!
(Soli speaks -> ding dong! come back from Jupiter and do say my hi to Akansha and StepMan )

36.Mayank: i use em when i dont kno wat to say
(Soli speaks -> thats like a dude ..short and sweet )

37.Meow: if there is nothing to talk.. they say hmm.. if they are uninterested they say hmm..if they are tired and lazy to reply they say hmm.. and it depends on the person to whom we are chatting too..if we are chatting with some stalker we say hmm we say hmm to show our uninterestedness ..if we chat with a person who gives juicy gossips.. "mmm" means we are keenly listening rather reading the gossips which they give if its the bf/gf... mmm has different meaning
(Soli speaks -> Nice reply sister )

38.Anchita: to make it more expressive..to fill up spaces
(Soli speaks -> filling )

39.Karthik: May be moaning in pleasure?? *Conditions Apply * :P
(Soli speaks -> MMmmmm boy you drive girls crazy! )

40.Leo: i use it when i'm thoughtful of what the other person has said.
(Soli speaks -> thoughtful )

41.More Orangee: when they think....or when they listen...or approve
(Soli speaks ->ahem ahem)

42.Rohan: because they are outta words+dumb
(Soli speaks -> you know it better )

43.Danica: they r fillers.....wen u dun have proper replies u say tis
(Soli speaks -> i see mysterious girl )

44.Esther: "mmmkay" is something that doesn't annoy me.. Umm is something when someone is thinking... like "Umm I guess so".. or something like that..the weird thing is when people use HMMMM ..thats when they run out of topics that they start saying hmm for everything grr
(Soli speaks -> i never asked 'Mmmkay' ..any way thanks for enlightening us )

45.Meera: To be more expressive. :D:D hows that?Either they are in the process of thinking. And sitting on the other end u don know what they are doing right? whether they are on or not and stuff like that.so they use it.Or they may use it as something betw yes and no.when they are doubtful.They may also use it in place of some expression since u cannot see each other's face.You know,it keeps ppl connected.They may also use it in place of some expression since u cannot see each other's face.You know,it keeps ppl connected.They may also use it when there is nothing else left to say.Like they are bored,busy,or want to end it.
(Soli speaks -> I am like 'Woww' )

46.Monique: hahaha xD oh my.. hmmm ahhaha i have no idea
(Soli speaks ->I bet you were not like this before are you still in Brazil ?)

47.Anurag: may be they get bored or restless in a chat right hain kya ..jaldi bol :p
(Soli speaks -> a crazy engineering soul ..he thinks that he has answered a 5 mk question on his Univ Paper . God bless him )

48:Rohini:to let others know that they are lost in the desert of thoughts:)
(Soli speaks -> beautiful answer )

49.Sridhar: aww is used by girls i havent seen a guy do that hmm,umm and mm sound the same to me ..i use hmm when i am either thinking on what he said or agreeing with him like we would say when we speak face to face
(Soli says -> now this is brilliant )

50.Fahi:to express their reaction/response
(Soli says -> guessed it )

Well most of them had something in common.Some said that its used for listening while some say its used to express their reactions.But this is different and I can say that these chat lingo's are going to replace normal words. Where is this leading to?

Written for Sunday Scribblings

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This token of gift goes to my beloved blogger friend who shares her birthday with me.This is for you Akansha.Yeh tera birthday gift hai

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  1. Ummm.. interesting.. lolz :D
    Thank you for that beautiful pink rose :D

  2. Hilarious post! :D

    And thanks for your P.S :)

  3. Mai to abhi bhi keh rahi !!
    Mera waala comment naaa..sahi thaa bilkul !!
    Raapchikk !! :D

  4. dude..whenever u write somebody's answer that u ask when u r chatting with someone...Do also write what happened prior to the chat...U must hv asked me this question or I must have answered this question thinking that thr wd be some answer or some judgement to this question that u had asked me during that chat..and hence I answered...Jaldi bol right hain kya?...It's nothing to do with engineering or answering a question coz I might get any brownie points or anything....

    I didn't think u wd right a blog on this..otherwise I wd hv given a proper answer...U never mentioned this :|

  5. Aie... my ans was to one specific question.. You asked me why do girls use such fillers.. :D

  6. LOL. liked the way u gave like the answers of 50 people! :P

    i think hmms and umms are highly irritating and people use it coz they have absolutely nothing to say and they want the conversation to continue
    but they have no clue that in the process they just kill the conversation! even if u have something to say ..after looking at the hmmms ..u rather stay shut!

  7. U added all that i said?? U shud've told me before i would have written an essay on it. Duh!

    PS : nice post

  8. That pink rose? wow thanks ste >:D<

  9. woo-hoo...watta research indeed!!
    u r certified jobless by me ..Hmmm :P
    n btw ste,ur reaction to my ans was kinda weird, as in wat am i supposed to make out of "ding dong! come back from Jupiter and do say my hi to.. "???? umm...wel tel me :-ss

    anyways, smileys, umma n aahs n kks each hav der own relevance n r used in context whenever the situation demands for it.. n i dnt think its gender -specific!!!

  10. woo hoo! lucky number 200 (follower)!!!

    when it comes to chat & blogging, we have the luxury of writing what's in our head. If we're not sure at the exact moment, what it IS that's in our head, we fill the space.
    It's amazing how this generation of people have their fingers connected directly to the thoughts running through their brain.
    It's instinctual, we don't even realize that we're doing it. Our fingers do the talking for us. If we would have normally said "hmm" in a conversation, we type it.

    human interaction. gotta love it... this is why i'm the queen of the ellipses. because... i'm often.... not sure what to say yet... hahah

    (what's even more bizzare, is that we start typing what we'd normally say, & saying what we'd normally type. how many time in your life have your verbally said "JK", "LOL", "BTW", "FYI" or "BRB"... i bet a lot... :o)

  11. well... hmmm... I just say it... hmmm... to say... hmmm... watever :P

  12. thoda sa edit to kar deta :P naice hai waise ;)

    and thanks for the pink rose !


  13. hmm.....mm....aww....ouiiii...nice!! so that's y u asked me this! :D

  14. Awwwwwww ;)

    Arrey wah! You made the whole status message and its comments into a blog post...

  15. hmmm...guess you missed me here, but i do understand buddy...ammmm...not really close to you like all the others....:)

  16. How I wish even I could post such things on my blog...

    I wish I had some spare time for blogging!!!!!!!!!

    :) Nice work!!

  17. Heyy that was lovely! :) Thanks so much! :D

    I never knew i could talk sensible ;)

    Thanks again steph.Love.

  18. hehehe..... :D , lol :D
    you are funny,
    thanx for making me LOL :D !!