I’m texting my friend Tracey today, because no one talks anymore. And as I continue to ramble on, similar to my “stories,” she texts me, “blah, blah, blah.” So I begin to wonder, where did “yada, yada, yada” go? I get the whole change thing, but where do these expressions end up and who decides when they change? Yada, yada, yada was so popular, there was a whole Seinfeld episode dedicated to it.
So I start to wonder, what else will change. I was talking to a sales girl in Macy’s last week when I was buying pants. She felt compelled to tell me her age, that she was “like 23.” What does that mean, “like 23?” Either you are or you aren’t 23. Then she started talking about God knows what, because all I could hear was the word “like.” I managed to count eight likes used in one sentence. Then her speaking then became a competition between the use of the word “like” and the phrase, “you know.”
Admittedly for entertainment purposes, I asked her if she was in college. She said, “Yeah, UCLA.” Good school, so I asked about her classes. Now, I have no idea what she said, but she talked for three minutes and eighteen seconds according to my Iphone, and used the word “like” twenty one times and “you know” sixteen.
I started to remember when my daughter Megan was that age. She used the expression, “I’m all” at the beginning of each sentence. I can remember one conversation that went as follows; (Me) “Hi honey, how was your day?” (Megan) “It was da bomb…I saw Haley and I’m all, where are you going?” And she’s all, class. And I’m all, can I come? She’s all, yeah.” That was usually about the time where I remember I had to return a call to someone.
It’s hard to criticize the generations for their speech. We used words like “groovy” and “cool” and “bitchen.” We called everyone “man” even if they were women. Groovy and bitchen went by the wayside, but “cool” still remains. “Man” has morphed into “Dude” and I’m just not clairvoyant enough to know where dude will end up. So I will continue to marvel at the kids as they condense their words to letters, OMG, LOL, LMAO and WTF. Not fond of that one…like, you know.