Getting the best of you.

I can't even words right now.

I'm kidding. I can generally words pretty good. However, by the time Friday afternoon rolls around, I'm pretty fed up with interacting more than necessary at work. All week, I've been listening to people speak, interpreting documents, and writing critiques, and I have no use for side conversations. I have no use for any conversation, really, and it first starts to show in my notes to myself, and then in email.

I'll come across documentation (at work, on a work file) that is just insane. Just crazy-pants bananas insane. "These notes make no sense! I have to discuss this with coworkers," I'll think. Of course, I write in my notepad "WAT." I'll start sending an email to a coworker: "WAT IS THIS EVEN," before erasing it and rewriting it in a professional manner: "JT, could you look at xyz? I want to know what you think the intent was when it was written."

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This is...silly at best. I send emails to friends outside of work that are entirely composed of Internet speech. "CARLOS. I mees you! Y U no webz?" "Aw yiss! Moar wine! All the wine!" (I feel absolutely ridiculous writing this, you guys [guise]. Please don't judge me!)

I felt slightly less silly after reading this piece on The Toast written by a linguist. That discusses specifically the grammar of Doge, but does talk about internet language in general, and there links to her tumblr, All Things Linguistic. There are several post regarding internet language, and I enjoy Because Reasons.

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I am particularly intrigued by the idea of LOLcat and 1337-speak being first generation internet speech, and that Doge is second generation, with the difference being simplified as first gen plays with spelling while second gen plays with grammar.

Also, this

The second factor that goes into doge is the general principle of internet language these days that the more overwhelmed with emotions you are, the less sensical your sentence structure gets, which I've described elsewhere as "stylized verbal incoherence mirroring emotional incoherence" and which leads us to expressions like "feels," "I can't even/I've lost the ability to can," and "because reasons."

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means that I shouldn't get too upset when a one-word Friday email sneaks back to a coworker. The aforementioned "WAT" has happened, as well as"YOP." It means I'm emotionally invested in my work? Anyone? And also that I'm a linguistic trailblazer, what with my evolving speech?

Disclaimer: I am indeed a professional lady in the office, and do conduct myself thusly most of the time.

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