No one told me about it, but it seems that their is a new rule for English, though I don’t know if it applies outside the U.S. It seems that all explanations, especially replies to a question must be started with the word “So.”
Question, “Is it true that…?”
Answer, “So, it would seem that….”
I don’t know who came up with the rule, but I figure it must exist. After all, why else is that all answers these days start with, “So.” Moreover, all these people are very learned people; senators, representatives, and, of course, all these medical experts.
I don’t think I will follow this rule. While listening, I do find it irritating. By the way, I am not easily irritated by such mannerisms. I suppose it is a smart man’s way to avoid words such as “Uh.” I don’t know. Just a guess.