Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges
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I've noticed, of late, this bit of Southern-Californa speak has re-entered my speech patterns. I'm still wrestling with it to decide whether I like it or not. It has, going against it, a certain connotation to lifestyles and practices that I was never part of when I lived in San Diego and certainly aren't about to take up now. (Though the thought of quitting my job and becoming a globe-trotting surfer has its appeal.)

On the plus side, it has a zen-like spareness of expression coupled with a flexibility of meaning. Capable of being everthing from a smack on the head with a thorny stick to a jocular self-condemnation to expressing soulful empathy.
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