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So, how annoying is this linguistic tic and where did it start?

Post 41

KB

I think it's more of a "Listen!" In the context of the poem...a sort of convention like the

"Come all ye young whatevers and listen to my song..."

...that so many folk songs start with.


So, how annoying is this linguistic tic and where did it start?

Post 42

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

I think you're right. smiley - smiley That's the way we always interpreted it. (Have translated that poem a few times.)

That's really what 'yo!' means, too - like, 'hey, pay attention!'


So, how annoying is this linguistic tic and where did it start?

Post 43

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

"Yo! Ya heard about the Spear-Danes?
Man, were they cool, or what?
Their kings were just the toughest, man,
The Anglo-Saxons got.
When they went into battle,
They laid 'em, left and right,
The heaviest dude, Scyld Sceafing,
Could take Chuck Norris in a fight" [Dmitri]

smiley - laughsmiley - roflsmiley - laughsmiley - roflsmiley - laughsmiley - roflsmiley - laughsmiley - rofl


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