I thought you all were joking about this, but no. It's very real.
>And so but / And but so
Can anyone explain it to me? What does it mean? English isn't my native language and this just keeps confusing me. I haven't read anything by DFW, I'm just seeing that he uses this thing.
Is it something significant, or is it something like "like / you know / whatever" etc? I mean as a kind of filler word, a tic, or habit of saying it almost unknowingly (then again, it would have the significance for the text).
"And so" is like a continuation or a transition phrase and the "but" implies a contrast to something previously mentioned. It's very simple when you think about it. And so but I can see how you can be confused.
If you can't tell just from the pic I'm going to have to ask you to leave.
It's supposed to be some sort of weird conversational thing-- I mean there's some sort of pretentious intellectual section, and what starts a new paragraph is such a silly phrase as 'and but so--' it's comic relief. I remember some audio or video where he talked about why he did it, but I can't seem to find it.
>why he did it