i know, right?
i know, right? your objection that this is not a word but a phrase is of course 100% correct, right? but i just couldn’t resist Urban Dictionary Friday’s submission because it’s so often used as a trip off the tongue singleton. it’s sorta like “like”, without which an entire generation of current 20-somethings could not hold a 3 sentence conversation. or possibly even a one-sentence one. right?
so Urban Dictionary urbandictionary.com lays it out to us like this, it is “an affirmation that you agree with or can relate to the preceding statement. It can be used whether the speaker actually knows or not, but in the latter case it usually means that the speaker can attribute the preceding statement to themselves as well.” that seems pretty clear to me. i know, right? i get it.
besides, i like this rollicking useful phrase. it non-specifically conveys a plethora of sympathies. ‘i know, right?’ can mean ‘i’ve had that experience, too’ or ‘i empathize with your pain’ or ‘yep, that’s gorgeous’ or ‘man, i hate that’ or ‘i’d like to do/have/not have that’ or any number of other more exacting responses.
not to mention the future possibilities when these same 20-somethings mature out of their ego-centrism, leading to a more inclusive query like “You know, right?”
now, not being a 20-somethinger, my examples might be a tad troggy, but here’s a go at ’em:
“Man, I hate traffic.” “I know, right? I almost road-raged this guy in front of me on the bridge today.”
“Today’s just one of those days.” “I know, right? Some days just go along great and some days nothin’ goes right.”
“I so love good food!” “I know, right? My idea of heaven is a 4 hour long gourmet meal with good wine and great conversation.”
and toward the future:
“Everybody seems pretty satisfied right now. You know, right?” “Oh, right, seems so.”
i feel like a schitzofrenic future-leaning Ursula K. Le Guin and social-commenting Noam Chomsky right now. not to include my musings with your rarified incisiveness, Mr. Chomsky, but you know, right?