Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by JimmyM, Dec 23, 2005.
Seriously. I've never seen anything like it!
Why do so many for sale posts start with "feeler"? Is it for sale or not?
Or when for sale threads want "offers." Just put a price you would accept for the item and stop messing around. I'm always tempted to offer five bucks shipped to anyone who starts a thread like that.
There always the classic "custom bass for sale" threads. "This is the best bass I've ever laid my hands upon. I got it two months ago and it has made my playing better in just that short time. The tone is too die for; far better than anything you've ever heard. I'm selling this to fund a new bass because this flavor of the week bores me now."
It's an english thing.
So...what's wrong with using this as as a means of attacting people's attention...?
If I was in a normal social situation and wanted to start up a conversation, I think it woudl be quite normal to say : "So, Jimmy - what have you been up to..." or "So Jimmy , been getting many gigs lately..." etc. etc.
That's normal every day language - why be "unnatural" just for the sake of variety?
I would be much more surprised if people started titling threads :
On the offchance that one...
Probably for the same reason that COLLEGE students start writing assignments with the word, "Well," as in,
"Well, the first thing I'd do when asked to write a paper..."
If they turn something like that to me, they get an "F" for the assignment.
Kudos to you! Save the English language!
Just to give you a coronary, though, did you know that there is a young adult's novel written entirely as an IM conversation? I almost passed out in B&N right then and there.
But this isn't a formal communication like a college assignment - it's TalkBass - this is the way people talk!
So - how many jokes that are told orally, start with "So"...
As in :
So, three men walk into a bar...
So, how many Bruce Lindfields does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
Answer: Only one, but there's going to be a lot of these guys -> along the way.
Bruce, you couldn't have done that any better. I had typed the question and left the post as that. Then I thought of the answer just you posted your response, and all, simultaneously with my edit.
Jimmy, thanks for asking this question. You beat me to it..
If we could see each other's ages on TB, I think you'd find that most of the posters who lead out with the "So," are probably high schoolers or in their early 20's, and as such, are susceptible to picking up modern cultural language from movies, TV shows, and other media sources.
"So," is similar to other such previously enculturated phrases such as "Doh!", "Well, DUH!", and my current least favorite, "I was, like, ..." and all its variants.
They all go away eventually, but in the meantime they will annoy those who pay attention to such things.
starting with "Look , i am now making a point....." has the same effect for me
I cant stand it and wont read it
I agree! And don't get me started on people that don't use punctuation!
I'm in my 40s, but start sentences with "So" all the time - as mentioned in my posts above - I don't see why I should change my natural voice, just to provide variety for Jimmy M!!
Well, it's a nice change of pace to just type spontaneously vice the carefully worded academic style. Look, the English language is constantly evolving. We add words to it all the time (bling? access as a verb?), most of which will not go away. There is plenty to preserve but also plenty to build on. Things will always change. The challenge is for curmudgeons like us who think the old ways are infallible to keep pace. I'm like almost 40 but I have to stay current so I can understand the young men and women that I lead.
miles davis : "**** rubs off on you "
"whilst" is another one
darned commonwealth countries [excepting canada]
Starting a topic with "so" or "well" makes it sound like you're staring at the ground with your friend trying to force smalltalk.