When I don’t know what to say during a conversation, when I want change the subject or lull has been reached, I tend to half say, half sing-song “la la la.” I’m not entirely sure where it came from, or when it reached such prominence in my vernacular, but it’s there, and it appears to be sticking. It has even bumped the word “anyway” out of the top position as most frequently used transition word. I’ve been using it so much that my friends and family have started to make comments about it, or just shrug their shoulders and almost imperceptibly shake their heads when it pops out of my mouth once again. Some interpret it as a sort of, “I’m not listening” phrase, but that’s not it at all. It’s just my way of altering the focus and shifting the conversational energy and often giving someone else a little giggle. I’ve found it also works over email, when I don’t know where else to take a sarcastic volley when it lands in my gmail. It’s just a simple little redirect and I’ve grown quite fond of it.
Anyone else got one?