So, it’s like, ya know, and stuff like that, right?

“I know, right!?”

Two different characters in Castle last night used that phrase within 30 seconds of each other. It confirmed what I’ve been hearing for the past month or so, and what I started writing about in this post a couple days ago and then got distracted. “Something-something-something….right?” has become the latest conversational catchphrase.

Like when someone’s explaining a concept…“So, you have these two banks, right, and they’re competing for your business, right, so you….”

Or someone’s describing their trip to Vegas…“You’re in the middle of the desert, right, yet there’s these incredible fountains everywhere…”

Or someone (me for instance) is apologizing to the guy parked next to them at Sam’s Club for showing up just as he’s trying to load his purchases…“Oh, sorry. It figures, right?”

I’m as much of a bandwagon jumper as anyone, especially when it comes to lazy speech and “things to say to sound trendy and not ancient.” Or “blogging tricks to be funny cool.” It’s a lot like the lazy writing and jargon that too easily creep into the marketing writing I do. That said, I wonder how these things get started.

The whole “like” thing…So, like, we were walking down the street. And, like, this crazy guy came up to us and…

Or the “ya know” thing…Well, ya know, I haven’t been jogging long, so, ya know, I’m not that good at it…

Or the woman I used to know who ended every ended every sentence with “…and stuff like that.” I’m taking off work on Friday so I can clean and work outside and stuff like that.”

The whole “right” thing is still pretty new, so it doesn’t sound annoying…yet. Those characters in Castle last night actually sounded fresh and with it. Just as the person at dinner last month did when I first noticed the trend. It really drew me into the conversation — acknowledging what he said and nodding that I understood (right).

Try it. Don’t you sound like you have a riveting story to tell? Or that you can so relate to what the other person’s telling you (I know, right!?).

Listen for it for the next few days…I bet you’ll be hearing it everywhere, right?

Man is a creature who lives not upon
bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson


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1 Comment

  1. Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I am hearing this EVERYWHERE now!


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