There's a certain kind of word that slows you down more than any other — that is, it's more likely that you'll have to pause and use a filler word like "um" or "er" before your tongue finally comes up with the word you're looking for. Let's guess what kind of word it is. Hmm ... maybe taxonomic classifications? Or maybe it's the names of your in-laws and their extended family members? No, wait, it's got to be the infield fly rule. Actually, the words that make our brains hit the brakes are some of the most common words of all.
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Written by Reuben Westmaas June 6, 2018
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