Monday, December 10

On Talking

Have you ever thought about how awesome communication is?
I don't mean email, texting, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger, Storylane, iPhones, Facetime, Skype, Oovoo, Instagram, Flickr, and Google+ either.
No, I speak of the old-fashioned method.
I don't mean telephones, letters, telegraphs, or the Pony Express either.
I mean the OLD-fashioned method.
I'm talking about talking.
It's one of those MONDO blessings that God has given us that we take for granted. The ability to express our thoughts and feelings to other human beings and to receive such expressions of their feelings is truly amazing!
And don't ya know, there's one very interesting thing about talking. And that thing is WE ARE EXTREMELY UNORIGINAL.
Of course, we can't be completely blamed, considering that the English language itself takes many if not most of its words from other languages.
But the people we hang out with also affect our speech.
I know I've picked up some sayings from my friends, as have they from me. (that's not really proper grammar there but it sounded funny!!)
There are some things that my friends say that I just intentionally start doing, because my friends are awesome and I want to be just like them when I grow up. All of them at once.
Examples : YOLO, like a boss
And then there are the things I start saying unintentionally solely because I hang out with people so much.
Examples : calling people "love", "darling", etc... (which was a bad habit to get into, a fact a certain random UPS guy I encountered one day can attest to), calling my guy friends "son"
And then there are the things that I intentionally DON'T say because I think they're dumb, or stupid, or inappropriate, or just for the principle of the thing.
Examples : donesow (just typing that made me want to facepalm), fail, EPIC fail, BLONDE JOKES IN GENERAL
By the way, did anybody else notice a trend in the last category there? Just me? Okay...
I have picked up a LOT of stuff from other people, and probably more than I can remember because I've been saying it so long that I now think that it's a part of my own vocabulary.
What words/sayings have you picked up?
I pity anyone who has gleaned  any of their everyday vocabulary from my interesting terminology.


  1. Haha, very interesting! And I think I know what you speak of with that last trend... Thankfully I don't know what that first word means. :)

  2. Great post! I have to say "YOLO" is something that I typically think of immature college kids saying when they need an excuse to do something stupid.
    What's "donesow" anyhow?

    Have you ever seen the Messy Mondays videos on YouTube? They're great. Your post reminded me of two of theirs...You've got to check them out. :)
    "20 Words that are misused and abused:"
    "25 Things you say when you don't know what to say:"
    ...and just for kicks, they have a great one on "YOLO" too!

  3. I could always tell which friends my older brother would hang out with after he would come home because he would sound just like whoever he hung out with.
    As for myself! I have a friend that uses "mos def" for fun and probably an easier short-hand when texting, but I picked it up and we both use it almost exaggeratingly just because, but I almost unintentionally say it to others without even meaning to! Not cool. Mos def.