Your peers and their effect on language

by Aaron

It’s interesting how the people around you often have a subtle impact on the way you talk, in both accent and phrases.

I remember back when I was in elementary school, I went to a camp where all of the kids in my group started their sentences with “Dude”. “Dude, wanna get some food?” “Dude, come check this out!” I really never used “dude” that often, but after only 2 weeks with this group, I found my language changing and become more and more like the group’s, as if we were all coming to an equilibrium.

It even happens with accents. Spend time in the South with a Jersey accent and you’ll find yourself unknowingly adjusting your accent ever so slightly in order to sound more like your peers. It’s an interesting phenomenon and shows just how much of an impact your peers can have on you, even when it comes to language.

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2 Responses to “Your peers and their effect on language”

  1. Anonymous on November 18th, 2007 11:13 pm

    It’s amazing how fast it can happen, too! I find that I start to unconciously mimic ppl’s accents and intonations randomly in a conversation with them. And there’s some phrases from Nutley I just can’t shake. SHABLOOM! Makes people go Bagwa.

  2. Aaron on November 19th, 2007 11:28 pm

    Haha it’s so true.. and you know what’s best is when you start to talk to someone new who hasn’t heard any of these phrases you’ve learned from other people and you can start laying them down left and right .. hoorah! boom! yes ma’am! shabloom! get ‘er done! :)