If you haven’t noticed it yet, Filipinos are, actually (hehe), fond of, when speaking English, starting their sentences with…
- ACTUALLY. The most preferred “starter” word. Used in any type of discourse… sports, politics, business, gossips, ANYTHING!
- BASICALLY. Up and coming starter word. On track to displace ACTUALLY as the most preferred. Commonly used by Account Managers and tech people I go out on calls with.
- USUALLY: Oft used when the person talking loves to talk about himself/herself, most especially when referring to his/her past or habit.
- THEORETICALLY: Used every now and then… especially if the person wants to be scientific or really intelligent about an explanation.
I am waiting for the time when these words will be replaced by other ALLY-ending words like: Practically, Grammatically, Programatically, Specifically, Especially, Essentially…
Oh… if I may add… Have you noticed the proliferation of “YOU KNOW’s” everytime someone is talking to a foreigner? Like… You know?
UPDATE (06.28.07, 8:35 am Manila Time): Found two more words… INITIALLY and EVENTUALLY….