Discussion in 'The Pub' started by davess23, May 25, 2018.
Interesting observation. I was hearing something when I was working with the high school kids but didn't pinpoint it until now. I think the girls did it more than the boys.
That's entirely possible, although in terms of uptalk I've seen conflicting studies of prevalence by sex. There's a lot of evidence that women are more often the language innovators.
Finding new ways to state the obvious since 1587.
It might seem obvious now, but it wasn't until comparatively recently that studies demonstrated that women more commonly innovate the language. Prior to work done in the late 1960s and 1970s it was thought that language was primarily the domain of men.
Hardly surprising when you consider the sheer volume they use!
Nothing unique about it’s use here either. In Japanese they have a nearly identical phrase, そう、でしょう？ (sou, deshou) or sometimes just でしょう？！(deshou?!) that’s frequently used in the exact same way and meaning.
Just tells me that despite cultural differences and environment, humans still tend to think similarly at a fairly basic level.
The phrase has the advantage of economy, and the principle of least effort is a dominant influence in language use.
While I’m at it, they also have the phrase, しょうがない。(shou ga nai.) which is basically, “That’s life.”, “It can’t be helped.”, or “S**t happens!”.
And especially more recently, you hear a lot of ドンマイ (donmai) which is a literal borrowing of the English phrase “Don’t mind it!” and used the same way, i.e. “Don’t mind it!” or “Don’t worry about it!”. Pronunciation is also the same as “Don’t mind” minus the ‘t’ and ‘nd’.
I guess my point in all this is that I find it interesting how similarly people think and express themselves at a basic level despite our differences.
Just a way of saying Amen brother.
The raising tone as if a question is probably based in wanting to be more agreeable to multiple realities, IMO.
It can but doesn't have to be used snarkily, as for example, in the place of "Duh".
I have a close friend who uses this device often and I don't find it off putting.
I think I'll stick with 'I know, right?' !