or something

You use the phrase "or something" at the end of a sentence when you're not sure about what you're saying. Saying "or something" makes it sound like you don't mind if your statement is wrong or if the other person disagrees. For example, when your friend is coughing a lot, you can say:

Wow, you should go to the doctor or something.

By adding "or something" to the end, you show that you don't mind if your friend doesn't take your advice. If you were really serious that you want her to go to the doctor, you would call her by name and say:

Ashley, you should go to the doctor.

Another example – you see a big group of people gathered on a nearby street. You ask:

What's going on here – a parade or something?

You say "or something" because it's not really important to you whether it's a parade or not.

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