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To: AppyPappy
People speak, like, really bad, you know.

I mean ... y'know .... you're right!

26 posted on 06/20/2012 6:52:27 AM PDT by al_c (
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To: al_c


In case you hadn’t noticed,
it has somehow become uncool to sound like you know what you’re talking about?
Or believe strongly in what you’re, like, saying?

Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)’s- and (you know what I’m saying)’s
have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?

Even when those sentences aren’t, like, questions? You know?

Declarative sentences, so-called
because they used to, like, DECLARE things to be true,
as opposed to other things that are, like, totally, you know, not (?)
have been infected by a totally hip and tragically cool interrogative tone?

As if I’m saying, don’t think I’m a nerd just ‘cuz I’ve, like, noticed this, okay??
I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions??
I’m just, like, inviting you to join me on the bandwagon of my own uncertainty?

What has happened to our conviction?
Where are the limbs out on which we once walked?
Have they been, like, chopped down
with the rest of the rain forest? You know?
Or do we have, like, nothin’ to say?

Has society become so, like, totally, like, whatever!
That we’ve become the most aggressively inarticulate culture
to come along since . . .you know, a long, long time ago!

So I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you:
To speak with conviction.

To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks the determination with which you believe it.
Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker,
it is not enough these days to simply
You have to speak with it, too.
(Taylor Mali)

39 posted on 06/20/2012 6:59:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: al_c

My pet peeve is people using your when it should be the contraction you’re. I see you went to a school that taught the difference.

52 posted on 06/20/2012 7:13:18 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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