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it happened.

about nine years ago when i moved from pennsylvania to oregon, one of the first things i noticed about people's speech was the frequent use of the phrase "no worries." i was told that it was a california/west coast thing.

i started hearing it often enough that i told myself that i would never personally use that phrase. it didn't sound right, and it didn't sound like me. i had already developed the habit of using "no issues" when i was in pennsylvania, as well as the occasional "no problems" and the like.

i think this probably worked for a good six or seven years, maybe even the entire time i was in oregon. but now, here in new orleans, i've started noticing that while i don't say it a *lot*, i do hear it come out of my mouth. and what's scary about it is that it sounds *natural* - it makes me wonder how long i've been saying it without realizing it.

maybe it's because not a lot of people say it out here. if i ever move back to the west coast and particularly to california, i'll probably start hearing it all over the place again and that will help me stop.

that's me for you.


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Oct. 17th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Always have to be different, eh? Well, I think no worries is Australian first, so you can consider yourself a bit of an international. ;)

My weird west coast phrase is "right on" and that one - I totally refuse to say. Sounds so dorky. BTW - You would say "No worries" on occasion at work. ;)

Hope all is well and have a fantastic weekend!
Oct. 17th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
damn. :)
Oct. 17th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Last time I was up there for DSR squared I remember you saying it a couple of times.

Here in the bay area we have a good word, "Hella"
Oct. 17th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
wasn't that originally SoCal speak?
Oct. 17th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
oh hell no, socal people hate that word. The originated in Oakland, it is 100% bay area word.
Oct. 17th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Since moving to SoCal and having a lot of friends from the Bay area, I have picked up both 'no worries' AND 'hella.' And I don't know if this is a California thing or not, but I've also started to say, "I'm not trying to" when I mean "I don't want to." Such as, "I'm not trying to stay on campus all day, I need to go home and take a nap."

As long I don't start in with the accent, I won't have to shoot myself.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
I know what you mean! I needed an east coast to mid-west translator when I first moved here. I have yet to adopt any of their unique vernacular. Soda is still soda! LOL I should post my own translations it might me amusing.
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