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Linguistic anthropologist Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein refutes the demonization of “filler words” such as “like” or “um”. She outlines how these discourse markers matter for social interaction and that attempts to banish such words are really a bias against women and younger generations who are assumed to use them more frequenlty.
While an anthropologist didn’t write this article, it details why businesses should hire anthropologists over MBAs. Worth a read if you’re looking to justify/create your place in the business world.