Ah! I hate it. Hate it more than I hate the pain I have to go
through when my pinky toe bangs on the edge of the table. But
what is it that I’m talking about? Well, it’s that awkward
moment when I run out of words, and helplessly use some really
common phrases which may save me from the embarrassment of a
cumbersome situation. This is something that most of us must’ve
experienced. We all know how it feels, and we all hate it.
This sudden-chat-ending syndrome occurs mostly when it’s the
second or third time we are meeting a person, and we have run
out of ‘usual getting to know’ questions. Our smart Brain
starts digging deep down to find if there are things that we
can say, to save us from drowning in the sea of embarrassment.
Upon making a few unsuccessful attempts, it hands us over some
common things we say, when we don’t know what to say. And that
is what we have got here today. Let us sail through these
really generic phrases that people (including me) often use to
keep the conversation going.
‘Oh really?’ that’s how excited we portray ourselves when in
reality, we know how much f*cks do we give. This is the easiest
thing that can keep the conversation going, provided the one
you’re talking to, isn’t using the same trick on you!
Yeah, I know it is. And so do they. But still, we say it. Why?
Because we want them to know we are paying attention when we
actually don’t know what’s happening bruh!
Is the person introduced alien life to you? Is he taking you to
the space? Is he offering you free pizza for an year? I don’t
think you’ve heard something THAT interesting the way you’re
making it look like. But still, we have to use it. It’s a
Usually used to stretch the sentence. These two words are
blessed with the power of making you sound cooler and add
length to whatever you’re saying. So yeah, it works!
You know your friend is about to revoke his plan to join the
party, but still, you have to act like you care. Well, do you?
Of course not. But to pretend like you do, tell those three
magical words. Let me know!
Sometimes you can sense that the person you’re talking to,
doesn’t even have a hunch as to what you’re explaining. At that
very pleasant moment, there’s only one way to save the day. And
it’s ‘Anyway’. Use it to switch to something they’ll give more
An abbreviated version of Oh My God is used when someone has
shared something very exciting, and you have to act like ‘Oh
it’s equally interesting to me as well.’
Now that you have read about things we say, when we don’t know
what to say, just notice how people try these to escape the
harsh reality of awkwardness breaking-in constantly. Even
between two close friends who’re talking after a while, the
problem of ‘how to continue’ remains intact. And that’s one
problem, still in search of a solution.