You Know Scholarship

From Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay: Practical Advice For The Grammatically Challenged by Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis

The vacuous expression you know has been spreading (in speech, though not, thank heaven, in writing) like the most virulent cancer for decades… But it was left to Barney Oldfield, an eighty-seven-year-old retired air force colonel, to launch a vigorous campaign against you know. In 1997 Colonel Oldfield, a Nebraskan, offered a $1,000 scholarship to the Nebraska student who submitted a tape recording of a radio or television broadcast with the most you knows in fifteen minutes.
The first year’s winner was thirteen-year-old Dalton Hartman, who submitted a tape with forty-one you knows in four minutes, thirty-eight seconds. The next year, a fifth grader named Jason Rich took the prize. His tape, a twelve-minute interview with a basketball coach, had sixty-four you knows...
Colonel Oldfield has made arrangement in his estate for continuation of the contest.

Oldfield died in 2003. I can't find any evidence that the scholarship did continue after his death. This LA Times article has more info about his somewhat eccentric philanthropy.

Des Moines Register - Feb 16, 1997

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 10, 2018
     Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests | Languages





Comments
"Like, you know?"
"No, I do not know. Please, enlighten me."
That is the most common exchange I have with grammatically challenged people. It is a regular, almost daily, occurrence in my capacity as an independent editor/proofreader.

agent j
Posted by agent j in Toronto, ON Canada on 11/10/18 at 09:24 AM
Although the colonel's sentiment against the overuse of "stoppers" is admirable, it is a losing battle. IMO
the use of these small phrases denote a lack of ability in thinking. In the words of the great philosopher Ron White, "You can't fix stupid."
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 11/10/18 at 11:06 AM
Far out, dude.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 11/11/18 at 08:14 PM









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