Super-Smart Valley GirlI-66 posed an interesting question on his blog today. He was talking about the different types of English that he has mastered and then asked what kind of English his readers speak. My comments to his blog entry got me thinking about what kind of English I do speak. My first inclination is to say, "Proper English," but I know that's not the case 100% of the time, especially when I get passionate about something. In those cases, it's like I'm speaking "Proper Drunken Sailor English." Despite my tendencies to have a potty mouth at times, my thoughts then went back to my friend Willow, who once told me, "BLS, you are so funny. When I listen to you talk, it's like I'm listening to a Valley Girl, but a super-smart one!"
Super-Smart Valley Girl. That's my English. I've been thinking about it, and I could be offended by Willow's comment, but I shouldn't be, because she was just telling me the truth about some the phrases that I use a lot. Reflecting on some of the words that I have a tendency to over-use, my vocabulary list includes the following: "like," "you know," "I was all," "and then he was all," "totally," "awesome," "cool," and my own personal favorite, "Oh, my GAWD!"
In my own defense, I would like to think that I don't sound like a total ditz all the time. Yes, I was a cheerleader in high school (very short lived-- quit in favor of the debate team -- e-mail me for more info) and I fully admit to using the aforementioned phrases quite a bit. However, that doesn't mean that I'm speaking like a space cadet ALL THE TIME. If the occasion requires, I can speak in a very dignified and elegant manner (until I trip in my heels and drop a profanity, that is.) I would have to ask the people who spend a good chunk of time with me to answer this question (The Statesman, Kitrah, what do you think?)
If all else fails, though, at least I have a great idea for my Halloween costume... Super-Smart Valley Girl, away!
Now I just need to find a cape.