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Too long for a comment (but it's not really an answer either so feel free to down vote it, well, down.) There's a couple of things going on here, the first is a switch in meaning, the second a statement of the obvious. In ...mammoths are, well, mammoth. the well is there to denote that the meaning of the word mammoth has just changed from the noun meaning ...


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It is a kind of verbal pause. It can be used to break a sentence to introduce a simile, or an explanatory phrase, or a punchline. Sometimes it can stand alone: A masked bandit approaches Jack Benny. The bandit points a gun at Benny and exclaims: "Your money or your life!" Benny appears to ponder. He places his index finger against his chin and simply ...


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It is a *speech disfluency which in turn is an *interjection. "Recent linguistic research has suggested that non-pathological disfluencies may contain a variety of meaning; the frequency of "uh" and "um" in English is often reflective of a speaker's alertness or emotional state. Some have hypothesized that the time of an "uh" or "um" is used for the ...



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