Why do sheople speak people say kind’ve most of the time – is it because the other types of ‘ves don’t sound as kind as kind’ve? Although those speakers often do spew out all the ‘ves in rapid succession to make sure that more is more, their statements would really mean more if they said less and less, with the wisdom of less is more. Or in more or less common parlance – “Too much custard kills the caviar”.
Turbo talking people suffer the most from Word Addiction Disorder. They are word fashion victims, and the most dangerous carriers of the disease, being unaware of infecting gullible others in search of social acceptance.
If all nervous turbo talkers slowed down, they would have more time to hear the crap coming out of their mouths and perhaps say something sensible.
Kind’ve is also used by super cool ‘guys’ of both genders and the trendsome LGBTQIA non-binary guys and guyesses. This makes the non-exclusiveness of kind’ve one of the best examples of the benefits of living in a free liberal PC democrassy.
Good coves and cove-esses of yesteryear, such as Bertie Wooster and his Aunt Dahlia, would have listened to the wisdom of fish-eating Jeeves (the gentleman’s gentleman) to curb their mis-use of useful words and phrases. But nowadays, when ignorance and stupidity are democratic rights of free speech – albeit surreptitiously controlled by the Speech Police in the Department for Political Correctosserty, the DPC in
– the exponential abuse of spoken English could transmogrificate into global
The kindovisation of the world is nigh!
Some lawyers and English language professors could be convulsed with ribald laughter over the trendy plebs’ stupid use of kind’ve and its close cousins. But they only wince upon hearing politicians and public speakers repeating the word impact. This is probably because impact in validated in the OED, so it’s supposed to work when spoken, and when printed on the pages of a speechwriter’s speech. Impact has impact, so the impactossers think, even when there’s no actual impact smashing things to smithereens, only brain pain. Whereas kind’ve, sort’ve, type’ve like, y’nowo’amin, are insidious idiolects which don’t appear to impactivate any pain on sheople’s brains.
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Before going any further down the up-coming pages of this essay, I must not forget to remember to say that I am not, and never have been a scholar of English Language, nor English Literature – lest anyone could possibly think that I’m a serious academic intellectual analysing the hapless habits of humans.
Writing for fun (one of my favourite OCPTs) flows naturally from open-minded receptive listening to what people say and the way they say it. My ears are the fast lane to the brain, avoiding any noisy congestion lurking in the mind. When the brain has registered the information, the mind can make up its mind to write something, say something, or do nothing and be content with enough is enough. Maybe there is some wisdom in the phrase, “Don’t just do something, sit there”.
Paradoxically, this open attentive listening involves hearing a lot of verbal diarrhoea and only a few pearly words of wisdom. Fortunately, my musician’s ears have become accustomed over the years to hearing all sounds in binaural surround sound, and thus the freedom to focus on any one of those sounds attracting extra attention. It’s audio zoom lensing into one small part of a big musical picture, and then zooming back out in order to zoom back in again to hear something else that may be making a mess of the music.
In rehearsal, a symphony orchestra conductor hears a percussionist adding one unwritten beat which sounds like a natural grace note. He then hears a trombone player repeating bellicoso bum notes which dis-grace the delicato of the fellato horns. Therefore the conductor’s ears (and arms) need to be in a wide open state of awareness – fully conscious of invisible sounds.
When I’m not making spontaneous music, my flabber is often ghasted by the deaf-earism of radio and television producers, who not only use all the ‘ves themselves, but also give free airtime to kindovisation activists who spit out the ‘ves 10-to-the-dozen across the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the broadcasting media. I could have said 24/7, but that’s just more turbo talk.
Beware – nervous turbo verbals are everywhere!
I dare not condemn the kind’ve fools because I am a fool myself in other ways. But as a part-time fool I can still use my so-called democratic freedom of speech to comment on the foolishness of others, who diss my gruntle with their sickening super-fast repetition of the two simple words kind of and their cohorts.
Does anyone enjoy the millions of ’ves spat out through sheople speak?
In the full shortness of human hurry time, the kind’ves might fade away, as did ‘the elephant in the room’ that jumped through ‘a window of opportunity’ to escape from the human shit and shenanigans of corporate, political, religious and media morning meetings. Those once fashionable elephant of opportunity phrases were much longer and heavier than the turbo-tongue motor-mouth speed of all the ’ves which whizz past the ears of semi-conscious sheople.
By the way, the word robust has also faded from fashion – wasn’t it robust enough to withstand ridiculous repetition?
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Last year at the Way-on-High Book Festival, Ahmed Winterbottom, respected historical novel writer on the short list of nominees for the Booker Prize, gave a talk about his new book, during which he constantly repeated all the aforementioned worthless words and phrases with the nept ineptitude of an experienced inepticist attempting to communicate with the audients, who listened in rapt attention without questioning the kind’ve-isation of his public speaking in the Q&A session. After a little polite applause, the shit-lit loving audients shuffled out to the nearest watering hole to wash down the waffle.
Suitably refreshed, the lit-lovers returned to hear an unexpectedly clear and simple, no-nonsense, plain-boiled, straight-talking talk by Yasmin Finklater, another one of those colourful fusion-food cook book writers, and an enthusiastic domestic scientist, who gave a sizzling performance with her demonstration of 101 things to do at home with a pot of Parkers Original Potassium Permanganate. Whereupon, the audients gave her a standing ovation and then bought both her books.
The following day, Professor Winton Winstanley rose to the podium and spoke about his book on the sexual encounters of old folks in care homes. Again, no-one seemed to notice the kind’ve-isation of his talk. Even the old folks champion Joe Wakebell, who listened with avid interest, didn’t raise a wise old eyebrow. I wonder why. Could it be that the gap between the spoken word and the written word is expanding as fast as the gap between the rich and the poor – becoming almost acceptable?
If kindovisation continues, the time could come when a baby’s first words are “I kind’ve like need a type’ve nipple to sort’ve suck on, mamma”. And when dadda is reading a bedtime story to the other sprogs – “Once upon a type’ve time on a dark and sort’ve stormy kind’ve like night…....”
Who started all this kind’ve stuff? What’s the back-story narrative? Where is the narrativisation of the back-storyism which media speakers think is so essential for any discussion about any aspect of human culture? Can kindovisation be back-storied and narrativised? Or is the 21st century idiolectrified culture still waiting to be back-storycled and narrativated by glottochronological psycho-socio linguisticists?
With little or no evidence as to who started kindovisation, the search for suspects automatically turns towards the great pioneers and powerful perpetrators of idiolectualism – the Americans who pretend to sprechen sie Englisch. I guess I guess with the glottoful guessedness of a guess-gambling American that it’s futile to accuse the Germans, Russians, Chinese and French for spreading sheople speak in English, even though they may have some kinds of kind’ves in their own languages.
In political parlance, let’s be absolutely clear about kick-starting this with a clarity that is absolute. Clearly, after all is done and said at the day of the end forward going (rolling out a raft of outcome models for kick-starting hard-working families working harduously for income outcomes, up and down and down and up the country) English is absolutely clearly the international impactivating language with absolutely challenging impacts clearly outcomed from kick-starting a silver bullet shooting itself in the foot, to absolutely cut off its nose to clearly spite its face, and then being challenged to step up to the plate and absolutely bite the bullet.
What a lot of old codswallop, as they say in
But let’s not over over-egg the kedgeree, because the anti-social abusers of clearly and absolutely, asbolutely deserve to be served with an ASBO, or better still, shut up in a long custodial sentence.
Meanwhile, the kindovisation of spoken English continues apace.
I think most people, after conscious consideration, would agree that on the frontline of frontline verbage, kind’ve is no match or model for the word impact, which is currently enjoying worldwide success. But fuck still has the most enduring worldwide effect on the human organism. This is because the fearsome power of cunt is only let out for special occasions, unless accompanied by its close cuntry cousin respectfully dressed in country clothes – so to speak, as it were, if you will, ‘scuse my Scouse, blah, blah, blah.
The kind’ves will always be wet, wimpish, cringe-making, Z-list fly-by-night words which say nothing, and yet say everything about the people who spew them out all day long. So what happens at night when sheople are dreaming? If humans can dream in words, are their sweet dreams stuffed with thousands of kind’ves, type’ves and sort’ves? Sounds more like a nightmare to me.
One last rhetorical question. Do highly trained professional specialists speak to their colleagues with worthless words when they’re working? The airline pilot to ATC – “I’m just kind’ve coming in to land this sort’ve 400 ton flying cattle truck”. The rocket scientist to the astronaut – “I’m kind’ve guiding your sort’ve 3,000 degree white hot capsule’s kind’ve like 22,000 mph re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere”. The brain surgeon to surgical assistant – “I sort’ve need a kind’ve knife to like cut this man’s head open”.
I rest my case, lest one arm gets longer than the other.
By now we, or at least I can see that these highly addictive ‘ves corrupt the meaning, probity, lucidity and eloquent flow of spoken words – and written words. But the contagion continues, similar to Chinese and Russian Oligarch ill-gotten gains contaminating the London property market, not to mention Burmese budgerigar bird flu – fuck, I’ve just kind’ve like mentioned it.
Oh well, I’m hooked. I’ve been kind’ve-ised by a kind’ve like kind’veness which is kind’ve difficult to give up. Maybe I should move into the Word Addiction Rehabilitation Retreat and live on a strict diet of turkey talk for a few weeks. Or else take 12 tentative steep steps up to the welcoming portals of Wordoholics Anonymous. In the meantime, I’ll savour the flavours of this somewhat satirical wordplay, inspired by the hapless habits of humans.
In codaful conclusion without repeating to fade, RTF in session musicians’ jargon, you may be as annoyed and amused as much as I am by all the verbal stuff and nonsense. At least it’s been a lot of fun for me and my favourite typochology lady, who is always willing to brace herself for the full thrust of a few more thousand words, despite a little difficulty in making sheople speak readable.
It might be fun to read it backwards, or read it out loud to treasured friends over a whass of gliskey, but as I have found, some words may need pronunciation practice before beginning.
“You’re mad” – said the pleb.
“Who isn’t” – said the wise man.