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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 10 years ago

Where did the word "um" originate?

Europe or Usa? I know most europeans say em or erm..

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  • 10 years ago
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    The word "um" originated in 1672 ( Webster Dictionary )

    # I will copy a little I read at Wikipedia =

    According to one commentator, Americans use pauses such as "um" or "uh," the British say "er" or "erm",[2] the French use "euh", the Germans say "äh" (pronounced eh or er), Japanese use "ā", "anō", or "ēto", and Spanish speakers say "ehhh" (also used in Hebrew), "como" (normally meaning 'like'), and "este" (normally meaning 'this') in Spanish. Besides "er" and "uh", the Portuguese use "hã or é". In Mandarin "nèi ge" and "zhè ge" ('that' and 'this') are used. In Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian, speakers vocalize an "ovaj". Arabic speakers say "يعني", the pronunciation of which is close to "yaa'ni", [jæʕni] or [jaʕni], (literally, "he means", there being no grammatically gender-neutral third person) and in Turkish, they say "şey" in addition to "yani" (without the [ʕ] found in Arabic .[3] A more complete list can be found on the fillers page.

    I hope it will help

  • 10 years ago

    a sound denoting hesitation, 1670s.

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=um

    representing hesitation in speech: a word used in writing to represent the kind of grunting sound that people make when they hesitate in speaking

    [Early 17th century. Representing an inarticulate sound

    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/...

  • lost.?
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    Umm

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    umbrella "auto insurance"

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    ...its just a sound. Dude.

  • 10 years ago

    um..........

    Source(s): uhh
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