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“Ya Reckon?!” is an Australian exclamation expressing scepticism to the point of incredulity. It ‘transaltes’ into standard English as something like, “Do you really think so?” “Are you serious?” or “How can you really believe that?” It is usually said in response to a claim that is being made.
Like a lot of typically Australian expressions it is terse and dry to the point of aridity. Here are some of the claims that make me say, “Ya reckon?” and some of my reasons for this response.
1. Those who claim the success of their blogs is due the quality of the content on them. I usually find other blogs with just as good content and that aren’t as popular. I think quality is important for our integrity and for the future of the blogosphere (if it is just lots of ads people will tune it out quite rapidly) but as the explanation for success, my response is “Ya reckon?”
2. That our livelihoods are dependant on the grossly inflated salaries of money manipulators, to such an extent that these people should be given money. Governments various could issue new currencies – at a session of the UN these countries could recognise these currencies. Neighbourhood credit associations could be founded where people enter into contractual arrangements for owing money to each other and exchanging goods and services. What can I say, but, “Ya reckon?”
3. That we need cars and roads to live a full and satisfying life. When the oil runs out (and we may already be past peak oil) we will need to get things more locally. Perhaps work from home more, spend more time generating our own entertainment. We may have to live in well designed homes that use different methods of heating. We may have to generate electricity from renewables. Some of these things sound quite attractive to me. The big polluters who imply that the end of oil will be the end of civilisation as we know it (and would this be such a bad thing?) causes me to say, “Ya reckon?”
4. The “’Law’ of Attraction”. Enough said.
These are a few of the things that get the, “Ya reckon?” response from me. How about you? What are the claims that you greet with scepticism and incredulity? And if you would let me know the expression used in your part of the world I’d like to hear this too.
Thanks to Tim Brownson for inspiring this post. Tim’s self-development blog is The Discomfort Zone. Tim writes with a light touch and his posts read easily, as if they were simply written down and then posted (which means he must put in an awful lot of time doing them).
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