Sunday, 26 May 2013

More moaning about speech

I might need to work on my blog titles. I don't think I'm exactly pulling in the crowds with my choices!

Another petty problem that I'm having lately, which I also may have moaned about previously, is ending sentences with an unnecessary flurry of words.
I'm guilty of this but not to the extreme rate that some others are.

Years ago a lot of people suffered with something that Frank Bruno made his own. It seemed like Big Frank couldn't finish a sentence without adding, 'Ya know what I mean?'
There are a lot of people who still enjoy using this but if you avoid people who spend most of their spare time hanging around outside Betting Shops, you should be relatively safe.

Our current youth have adjusted this Frankism to, 'Ya get me?' Equally pointless and equally annoying!

More recently, a lot of people, including myself, will finish a sentence and then add on, 'and stuff', 'or something', or the more annoying, 'and everything'.

In the words of every great stand-up comedian, 'What the fuck is that all about?!!!'

It's normally squeezed in, rapid-fire, so it's hard to pick up on.

I'm only aware of occasionally doing this myself. Each time I catch myself, I'm instantly pissed off.
So, if you hear me doing this, please laugh loudly in my face. It's obviously deserved.

Adamant part 2

Four months after posting "Adamant", I feel an urge to write a continuation, which speaks volumes of my thought processes.
In other words, I have another speech whine to get out of my system.

The problem that I have this morning is that I'm sure that I've moaned about this stuff before!
I've looked through old blogs and can't find anything on here, so can only think that I've not put my moans into blog form.

I listened to a lot of music when I was growing up. It was almost a constant in my life.
As a result, there are a lot of lyrics that have wedged a place in my psyche. So, when I hear a phrase that was part of a lyric that I've heard, it tends to trigger the next line of the lyric.

I know I'm not the only person to be inflicted with this.
I first became aware that I wasn't alone, as a young man.
My friend asked me what I was going to do.
I answered, "I haven't got a clue, what to do." Which I believe, is a line from 'Block Buster' by Sweet.
For any youngsters, it was a massive hit in the 1970's.
My friends laughed, so obviously didn't think, 'What the fuck is he talking about?'

This probably isn't something that crosses age barriers, because people tend to listen to music that is relevant to their age group. (Yes Lily, you are an exception!)

An example of this is, a lot of people who enjoyed music in the 1980's, can't hear somebody describe something as, 'Around the outside', without repeating the phrase twice. You can thank Buffalo Gals by Malcolm McClaren, if you're inflicted with this.

One of the more common examples for a similar age group, which reaches a point of annoyance that could've led to physical attacks on Paul Hardcastle, was his song, '19'.
You almost have to avoid using the number 19 in conversation.
If I was stupid enough to utter the number 19 to anybody of a similar age to myself, I'd automatically take a pause, to allow the other person to get the, 'na, nana, na, nanana...' out of their system.

As a big music lover, I've got hundreds of these things flooding through my mind, throughout most conversations. Which could be explain my concentration issues.

This has all been highlighted recently by the increase in a phrase in everyday chat.
People have recently started using the phrase, 'It seems to me', which forces my mind to complete the lyric.
I know this has only started recently because, Elton John's Candle in the Wind, is an old song.
'It seems to me, you live your life, like a ...' (Everybody!)
So, if you use that phrase, please take a pause, and allow me to mentally complete the lyric.
I'll catch up eventually.