Smooth pat­ter, please

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I write to ex­press my dis­gust at the in­abil­ity of well-trained, ex­pe­ri­enced, in­tel­li­gent public fig­ures to speak prop­erly on TV. It is em­bar­rass­ing to watch TV pre­sen­ters, politi­cians, busi­ness lead­ers, sports stars and en­ter­tain­ment fig­ures who can­not de­liver a sen­tence with­out an ‘‘ ah’’, ‘‘ um’’ or a ‘‘ you know’’ in­cluded. Why can’t these peo­ple de­liver a smooth sen­tence (they of­ten have ad­vance no­tice of what ques­tions will be asked)?

Wayne, email

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