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Pitt Gorilla
06-26-2006, 08:21 PM
Ack, I just don't get it. Almost every time a younger person prays (or talks about God), they feel compelled to use the word "just." I started noticing this phenomenon when one of my younger nephews would pray at Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving. "Lord, we just come to you, and just ask you to, just bless..." Of course, the kids at church also employ this vernacular. I thought it might be regional or Midwestern until I watched a program on one of the religious channels the other night. Every single kid (from the Philly area) over-used "just." "We just want to praise God, and just show others...We just glorify his name and just..."

Has anyone else noticed this? What is the deal?!? I'm sure we weren't inundated with this in Church? Where/when did this begin?

Adept Havelock
06-26-2006, 08:24 PM
I just don't know. Could it just be they just like the sound of "just"?

It's likely a similar phenomenon to the slow but steady replacement of "said" with "goes". :shrug:

Now, any other questions you just might want to axe?

ZepSinger
06-26-2006, 08:27 PM
I've noticed this too. I know that when I've prayed, I"ve used 'just' pretty infrequently. Funny someone else caught that as well...

Rain Man
06-26-2006, 08:27 PM
I find myself using the word "just" a lot when I'm writing informal things. I've been making a concerted effort to do it less often.

Mr. Kotter
06-26-2006, 08:40 PM
Ack, I just don't get it. Almost every time a younger person prays (or talks about God), they feel compelled to use the word "just." I started noticing this phenomenon when one of my younger nephews would pray at Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving. "Lord, we just come to you, and just ask you to, just bless..." Of course, the kids at church also employ this vernacular. I thought it might be regional or Midwestern until I watched a program on one of the religious channels the other night. Every single kid (from the Philly area) over-used "just." "We just want to praise God, and just show others...We just glorify his name and just..."

Has anyone else noticed this? What is the deal?!? I'm sure we weren't inundated with this in Church? Where/when did this begin?

Yeah...."like" is still more common, but "just" is creeping up on it....

For our generation, it's similar to...."okay..." or "ahhhh...."

|Zach|
06-26-2006, 08:44 PM
I say basically too much.

cdcox
06-26-2006, 08:44 PM
It's not limited to young people. I've noticed it people in their 40s doing it. I notice it mostly with evangelicals.

Count Alex's Wins
06-26-2006, 08:44 PM
Friggin' Jesus Freaks.

Ultra Peanut
06-26-2006, 08:48 PM
That's basically just, like, a way to just stall and basically let yourself just buy some time so you can just figure out what you want to say, basically.

Mr. Kotter
06-26-2006, 08:50 PM
Friggin' Jesus Freaks.

Hey, everyone is entitled to their role models; some choose PeeWee Herman, some chose Jesus.

Psyko Tek
06-26-2006, 08:51 PM
basically, just annoys the **** outta me,
aaaahhhh,dunno why,but it's like finger nails on the black board

Ultra Peanut
06-26-2006, 08:52 PM
That's basically just literally biting the hand that jacks you off.

Hey, everyone is entitled to their role models; some choose PeeWee Herman, some chose Jesus.Why you gotsta bring Slayer into this?

JBucc
06-26-2006, 08:53 PM
I know, just sucks. Who taught these little ****s how to pray anyway?

Jayhawkerman2001
06-26-2006, 08:55 PM
When used in a sentence, Just and Like are typically filler words, i guess used all the time now out of habbit. just like saying um... when your talking then thinking, used to fill the space between what yuo said and what your going to say.

greg63
06-26-2006, 09:26 PM
Pronunciation: 'j&st
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French juste, from Latin justus, from jus right, law; akin to Sanskrit yos welfare
1 a : having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason : REASONABLE (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/reasonable) <a just but not a generous decision> b archaic : faithful to an original c : conforming to a standard of correctness : PROPER (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/proper) <just proportions>
2 a (1) : acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good : RIGHTEOUS (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/righteous) <a just war> (2) : being what is merited : DESERVED (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/deserved) <a just punishment> b : legally correct : LAWFUL (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/lawful) <just title to an estate>
synonym see FAIR (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/fair), UPRIGHT (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/upright)
- just·ly adverb
- just·ness /'j&s(t)-n&s/ noun



Pronunciation: 'j&st, 'jist, 'jest also without t
Function: adverb
1 a : EXACTLY (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/exactly), PRECISELY (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/precisely) <just right> b : very recently <the bell just rang>
2 a : by a very small margin : BARELY (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/barely) <just too late> b : IMMEDIATELY (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/immediately), DIRECTLY (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/directly) <just west of here>
3 a : ONLY (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/only), SIMPLY (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/simply) <just last year> <just be yourself> b : QUITE (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/quite), VERY (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/very) <just wonderful>
4 : PERHAPS (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/perhaps), POSSIBLY (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/possibly) <it just might work>
- just about : ALMOST (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/almost) <the work is just about done>


Maybe knowing the definition will help some folks. :shrug:

4th and Long
06-26-2006, 09:41 PM
Would you prefer he says grace, something along the line of, "Rub-a-dub-dub. Thanks for the grub. Yay, God!" ?

Mr. Flopnuts
06-26-2006, 09:42 PM
That's basically just literally biting the hand that jacks you off.

Why you gotsta bring Slayer into this?



Don't bite the dick that ****s you honey, and it'll be good to you.

Braincase
06-26-2006, 10:08 PM
Like just damn! Y'know what I'm sayin'?

CHENZ A!
06-26-2006, 10:30 PM
That's basically just, like, a way to just stall and basically let yourself just buy some time so you can just figure out what you want to say, basically.

uuuuuuhhhh I agree, I mean ummmmmm, you're probably right, it's just a uhhhhhhhhhn stall tactic.

Iowanian
06-26-2006, 10:49 PM
I don't know about all of that.....but every time I'm at work and hear my least favorite saying it always begins the same....

If someone says "Iowanian, could you just......"

I know I pray and say "holy shit, what does that dipshit want now, its going to suck, because they said couldyoujust".