I've been thinking about this a lot lately, how certain styles of slang and such can change the idiolect in my head. One of the most obvious examples is the 'yo' that bounces around this site. I like yo. There's something about it stuck on the end of a sentence that makes everything seem much more uplifting.
Now, I'm not a linguist, so I don't really know why, but it seems to make sentences bouncier. Even though I don't always write 'yo' when I'm on Bloop, I find myself always thinking it, (yo). It creates an informality and a familiarity that adds to Bloop's overall unique idiolect. It seems almost to invite the person to reply, to be drawn in, to get involved. I think there's a reason it's become so popular.
What words or phrases do this for you? Do you think in 'yo's? Do you say them aloud ever?
I have had to stop myself from using it in real life conversation! Hahaha. I don't use it much online but I do find myself mentally adding it on the end of my sentences.
I agree that it makes everything seem 'bouncier' - good choice of word!
YES, YO! YO IS MY BLOOP IDIOLECT! IT PUNCTUATES MY SENTENCES, EMPHASISES MY POINTS AND MAKES ME BOUNCE! THE MORE I'M EMPHASISING A POINT, THE MORE YO'S ERUPT FROM ME! THE GOSH IS ALSO PART OF MY IDIOLECT, YO. ONE CAN'T HAVE A YO WITHOUT A GOSH. THE GOSH, BEING ENGLISH AND OLD-FASHIONED, RESPECTABLE SPINSTER TYPE LANGUAGE, TAMES THE NAUGHTY YO, AND STOPS HIM RUNNING TOTALLY WILD. THEY ARE LIKE A YIN AND A YANG, YO!
THE YO ACTUALLY PERFORMS THE ROLE OF AN 'INNIT' OR A 'N'EST PAS' OR A 'YOU SEE', DON'T YOU THINK, YO?
Yes, it does, though I can't remember the term for that! I know 'you see' is a tag question... I think? Bah, my knowledge of linguistics fails.
The other idiolect I find very addictive is the lolcat one. Most of my friends will greet each other with 'how is you be?' and 'I is be kay' and all that. I think the silliness adds to the fondness. Or to the fonds as I originally wrote!