I Know, Right?

Today I’m here to talk about something that alternately irks me and amuses me: the expression “I know, right?”

If you think about it, this is a truly stupid thing to say. Consider the following dialogue:

Liam: Beethoven’s piano concerto no. 4 is amazing.

Quirk: I know, right?

Basically what Quirk is saying here is that “I know that… I think?” as if he doesn’t know what he knows. It’s as if he doesn’t know his own mind. There’s the first part, the “I know”, which makes sense– Quirk obviously knows what I’m talking about, and agrees– but the second part is pure stupidity; that “right?” makes it seem like Quirk is either asking permission to agree, or just isn’t sure if he knows or not. See how silly it is to say “I know, right?” Just say, “I know”, or “Right,” but don’t say both at the same time!

I recently found out that there is also an abbreviation for that phrase: ikr. That in itself is also silly and stupid. At first I read that as “irk”, which doesn’t exactly make sense in most circumstances; “Beethoven’s… amazing.” “Irk!” What does that mean, I thought to myself. Then, with my amazingly clueless Google skills, I looked it up and found the real definition for the real abbreviation. So now I jokingly say “ikr” whenever my siblings say anything, and it always makes them laugh. it’s just so silly!

All that to say this: The expression “I know, right?” and its abbreviation “ikr” are both senseless and useless, and also silly.

In other news, I was also thinking of the expression “Yeah, right, exactly!” I only know a few people who say this, but it’s always entertaining when they do, and when I copy them. For one thing, it’s redundant; for another, it’s redundant; and for another, it’s redundant. How redundant can you get? You say “Yeah”, and that means “Yeah.” You say “Right”, and that means “Right.” You say “Exactly”, and that means “Exactly.” But when you say “Yeah, right, exactly”, you’re saying the exact same thing three times. It’s like saying “Yes, yes, yes” whenever someone says “Your shirt is purple.” Why do you do it? It doesn’t exactly show your intellect– “Hey, look at me; I know three syno… symo… sini… other words for yes!” Smart? Not exactly. Laughable? Yeah, right, exactly!

Excuse me a moment while I chuckle to myself.

Okay, I’m done. I have some other literary topics to talk about: Long sentences.

If you’ve read War and Peace, The Count of Monte Cristo, or anything of that time period, you may have noticed that sentences there are extremely long; the sort which have 50-100 words in a single sentence, which often fills an entire paragraph. I have attempted, in the past few days, to lengthen my sentences in that way by using semicolons, colons, dashes, parentheses, and many other punctuation marks to replace periods; I have almost obliterated fragmented sentences and sentences beginning with And or But, which according to good grammar, shouldn’t exist anyway– but yet they do. As you can see, this entire paragraph thus far has consisted of three sentences. Interesting how that works, eh? As you will see, I am partially succeeding, but I’m wondering whether or not the longer sentences impede my usual style or clutter up the language. If you could comment and report any inconsistencies between my older writing style and my current style, please, notify me. Thank you, and goodbye.

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  1. elise

     /  January 21, 2012

    I know exactly what you mean, right!?

  2. I have to say that IKR isn’t completely useless. It’s only use is in funny blog posts like this one.
    I didn’t notice any inconsistencies. If I do, I”ll let you know.

  3. I rarely say ‘I know, right?’ but when I do it’s not me asking for permission it’s basically me agreeing. I know and you agree too, right? So they ask a question, I agree and then ask them the same question back. Which is not necessary, no, but for something that I really, really like it keeps the conversation on that subject and I’ll usually follow the sentence up. Like this, “I know, right? Because of…” Anyway, I do agree it is annoying when people say ‘I know, right?’ a lot and in that way but it can be used other ways as well.

    On the last paragraph, I actually really like how the Classic writers wrote like that. Mostly because it’s a mark of that era and even if I picked up a book without looking at the cover I could judge what time period the book came from by that. But for a casual blog it kind of disrupted the flow. I’m guessing if you started writing that way from the top of the post to the bottom it wouldn’t do that but since I got into the rhythm of the first paragraphs then when the last one changed the rhythm changed and it wasn’t a comfortable change.

    Anyway, that’s just my two cents. Sorry for writing an essay. School’s getting to me 😀

  4. I use that phrase a lot… but if you like, I shall try to refrain from doing so on your blog.


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