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O, a little late?  Meh, better late than never, right?  Except if you’re doing something bad, like lying, or like, breaking things.  Breaking things never is better than breaking things late.  That phrase needs some kind of clause that excludes bad things.

*Bad things not applicable to this statement…

Good start so far.  As usual.  Every time I write a blog, the first paragraph is like a false start.  Ready….set….random thought….go.

This is the Go part now.  Just a heads up.

I realized that there are common things people do when writing and speaking.  When people write things (emails, blogs, diaries, etc.), they tend to start off with the word “so”

“So last night, I went to this club and got my dance on.”

“So I’m trying to think of 3 things that are both soft and hard, but not necessarily at the same time.”

“So I was talking to Laura, and she was like, “OMG Thug Juice, I was seein rainbow ponies like I’d never seen them befo..”

That one got out of hand.  But the point I was trying to make was the inappropriate use of the word “so.”  It’s unnecessary and useless at the beginning of a sentence, unless you’re starting that sentence in a response.

“Why are you taking those socks today.”

“So I can make my legs look skinnier.”

I guess that didn’t make too much sense, but that’s kind of the gist of it.  “So” is useless when starting a sentence.  The big deal for me is that most people can just delete the “so,” and the sentence will still be fine.  Plus, you can easily delete those two letters, because you’re typing.  Unless you make up things like..

“My backspace button is broken”

“I don’t have a delete button”

“My copy and paste functions are disabled”

Dumb.  I think you’ll notice what I mean if you go back and look at everyone’s blog that you read, and see how many times they started off a paragraph with the word “so.”

That’s just like using the word “like” when repeating a conversation.  For example

Then Lauren was all LIKE, “no way, I wouldn’t go.”

Then I was LIKE, “you’d better.  It’s my birthday; I’ll go to Medieval Times if I want.”

Whatever happened to “said”?  It done gone disappeared.

There are a lot of other silly writing errors that a lot of people, and I would be straight lying if I said I wasn’t a culprit as well.  I’m just a culprit who is a little more aware of his erroneous ways.  Better late than never, right?

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Semi-applicable.  (That’s an arrow, by the way.  It could almost be a palm tree.  Or maybe I could make a cool little Christmas Tree.  Guess who’s trying trying to make a Christmas Tree at the end of this blog?)  >>>>>THIS GUY<<<<

A speaking tendency for a lot of people is use, or some kind of interpretation, of the phrase “I know, right?”  I don’t understand why people say that.

“I hate it when she’s about to do a swan dive off of the room, and they cut to commercial”

“I know, RIIIIIIIIIGGHHHTTTT?”

I do know.  I just told you how I felt.  Are you asking me if I’m right?  I’m glad you agree, but why do you say “right” immediately following your opinion?  And a lot of people drag out the “i” in right, which makes it even stranger to me.

Some people don’t even say the “I know” part.  They just say “right.”  I don’t understand.  Are you agreeing with me?

Not to say that I don’t use irrelevant slang.  I say “tight” and “dope” all the time.  Occasionally a “sick”.  That one is more situational.

People also like to be affirmed when they are speaking.  Some people will try to start incorporate a lot of phrases that ask for affirmation, such as..

“Know what I mean?”

“You know what I’m talking about?”

“Right?”

“I don’t think anyone should be treated like that, you know what I mean?”

“I hate it when Brandon picks on my friends, know what I’m talking about?”

“So I was walking down the street, right?  And this hobo asked me for some change, and I was like, ‘ew, don’t talk to me,’ know what I mean?”

Asking for affirmation like that helps the story teller know that the other person is following along, but it puts the listener in a tough position.  It’s almost assumed that they have to give back reassuring signals, like a nod, or a muffled “mmhmm”

It’s hard to not give that if you’re the listener.  What am I going to do, tell this person that I don’t know what it’s like to walk down a street?  (in reference to the first sentence shown above).  Of course I’m going to nod my head.  But there’s no reason to add that in there.  My facial expressions will be able to show you whether I’m following or not.  It’s even tougher when someone is talking about something where they have a different opinion than you.

“She should have just called me, know what I’m saying?  It’s on her to call me when she goes out like every hour just to let me know what’s up, you know?”

I do know what you’re saying, but I don’t agree with it.  But because you’re not really asking for my opinion, I’ll nod to let you know that I know what you’re saying.  However, don’t confuse this nod of understanding with a nod of agreement.  I don’t agree with you, whatsoever.  But I did get that last sentence and that whole statement, if that’s what you’re asking for.

That’s the big problem I have with that small phrase.  When you start nodding your head, the person begins to think you’re agreeing with them.

I guess that’s all I have for now.  I mean, there’s more, but I usually like to keep my irrelevant stuff away from my serious stuff.  Some serious stuff to follow…

In the meantime

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Bingo

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Better late than never*, right?

Thanks for reading this thing

-The Skinny Legged Stocking

hirachi

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