Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Mrs. Cranky says “I know” a lot. It has many meanings all depending on the inflection of her voice, the emphasis on the “I” or the “know,” the stretching out of the “I” to “IIIYYY” or the “know” to “k n o w.” The phrase takes on different meanings based on eyebrow movement or head shaking.
When Mrs. Cranky says, “I know,” it might means:
I do know that, Yes I know, Of course I know, That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you, Stop telling me that, I don’t want to know, Everyone knows that, I know but you don’t, Duh, or who cares.
There are many words or phrases that carry multiple meanings based on inflections and or facial expressions. It is the inability to show inflections or facial expressions on today’s communication methods of Facebook, Twitter, email or texting that gets many people in trouble. Their words are often misinterpreted. The use of emoticons helps, but they are often annoying and still misinterpreted.
If we sometimes get in trouble because of the difficulty of expressing ourselves in the new communication media, just imagine the African Namibia tribe who speak with different clicking sounds, trying to tweet a message.
Click @Clack #clackclick “Click click clack tock”
Clack @Click “CLICK CLACK!”
Click @Clack “Click clickclickclick”
Clack @Click “CLACK TOCK!”
Click @Clack “Clack?”
Clack @Click “CLACK CLOK”
Click @Clack “Clickclickclick….CLACK!”
Clack @ Click “CLACK?”
Click @Clack “Clickclack!”
Clack @Click “Cluck Clu!”