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I live in Los Angeles, so perhaps I see different trends, but what starts out here in Hollyweird seems to propagate East. And what you’ll see out here is a rise in ‘gangsta street’ accent, and Hispanic tones.
Oh, and ‘Valley Girl’, far from being a quick-lived fad, seems to be on its way to being enshrined as an official ‘dialect’, according to a couple linguists I’ve chatted with. There are some unique characteristics that keep cropping up (aside from “y’know” and “like”) — the chief two are to break statements into small sentences, and to end each sentence on a higher pitch. It’s a little annoying to me since every sentence sounds like a question!p>If I was to leave a voicemail with you on this topic, it would go as follows: br> /p> blockquote>”So, Mr. Henry?” br> “Valley Girl is like, so not going away?” br> “Maybe we?” br> “Could lobby for?” br> “Some government funds, to, y’know?” br> “Make it official?” br> “Like ebonics?” /blockquote> br> Much Obliged, br> —
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?