For years I’ve listened to dogs barking, yet still can’t really distinguish any substantial difference (in meaning) between one bark and another. Somehow I get the feeling that ‘texting’ is heading in a similar direction. Or perhaps we’re in the process of reverting back to our original, grunt-based paradigm.
And why not? Almost everything that’s being said anymore could easily be packaged in a ‘grunt.’ And most of the time you don’t really need to distinguish one grunt from another…’cause no one really cares what you’re saying anyway. Nor you they.
*Umphg!” (Say what?)
“Umphgg!” (Screw you!)
“Umphgff!” (Damn right!)
“Umphxd?” (Wow, when?)
“Umphyfy!” (Right now!)
“Umphok?” (On my iPhone?)
“Umpdxt!” (Yeah, a txt quickie!)
“Umphf*y!?” (Like that?)
“Ummmm!” (Wow. Yeah, that WAS quick!!!)
“Umphgby!” (Ok, glad you enjoyed it. Gotta go. See ya later.)
“Umphgyor…Grrr” (Yeah, ok. Hey…don’t forget to brush your teeth! ;-)