word that seems to have become in recent decades merely a pretentious form
of attention-holder, a habitual utterance intended to afford thinking time
to the speaker without relinquishing conversational control to the listener(s).
As my brother Alan puts it...
basically adv. 1a: at a basic level : in fundamental
disposition or nature "basically correct," "basically, they are simple
people." 1b: for the most part "they basically play zone defense."2:
in a basic manner, simply "live basically."
I have found 'basically' to be irritating, over-used,
misused, and as mindless as 'dum' in the phrase, “and dum.”
What makes 'basically’ pretentious, I think, is the way it
tinctures the speaker's words with condescension, as if to say, “I can
be more basic [more general, more worthy] than you."
Finally, its protracted pronunciation as "bay-sick-all-lee"
by some people makes the word all the more unlikeable.