Do filler words and phrases like "like," "um", "you know", "sort of" and "literally" as well as inflections like uptalking, vocal vanishing, and vocal fry drive you nuts? Here's advice on how to get rid of these annoying habits. Recognize what annoying vocal patterns you have. HAve a five-minute chat with someone and dare yourself not to do them. Focus on eye contact and what you're saying. Get rid of ums!