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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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25 Comments to “What Makes You Say, “Ya Reckon?””

  1. The “Law of Attraction” is on or near the top of my list.

  2. Evan says:

    Thanks Jean. I’ll be interested to see if other people comment on it. From what I can gather there are a lot of true believers out there.

  3. Diane says:

    Hi Evan!

    You had me really busting up here tonight! It was your Ya ‘ reckon to the Law of Attraction that just made me laugh whole heartedly and I just had to say thanks for sharing!
    I am still gigglin’ I no what ya’ mean seriously! Sometimes it just does not fit all together does it?

    Hey did you hear about the debue of the flying car for 194,000 dollars that just hit the market? When I was in foutht grade I though when I grew up I would have one it was on a Science Magazines front cover then.. i was really disappointed to learn the world just does not work that quickly on certain cutting edge products its a slow and steady process. As entreprenuers slowly make their way to success. Look at solar energy now compared to 20 years ago. I wonder what kind of fuel source it has? Maybe I’ll get to drive in one when I am 56? I am being silly but you never know maybe if I use LOA it will happen. Really! Ya’ Reckon? Hope you enjoyed the silliness in me tonight!
    Can’t wait for your next post!!!!

  4. Diane says:

    Hey I was laughing so hard I couldn’t even spell or even fix them properly….

    I am still laughing….

  5. Evan says:

    I don’t need a flying car. Just my own Olympic size pool and swimming instructor. I like your silliness. The next post will be quite different, hope you like it.

  6. Evan says:

    I’m glad it made you laugh.

  7. Adam Snider says:

    Ha! I love your terse dismissal of the “law of attraction.” I feel much the same way.

    I strongly agree with you regarding quality content on blogs. Sadly, content is not king. It takes a lot more than good content to be successful, especially in a blogosphere as over-saturated with content as the one we’re working in today.

    Good content matters, for sure, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of success. You need to participate in the community, do a bit of SEO and marketing work to promote your blog, and so on.

  8. Evan says:

    Hi Adam, Welcome and thanks for your comment. I very much agree that community and so on are needed in addition to content in our crowded blogosphere.

  9. sarah luczaj says:

    Good one, Evan!

    Law of attraction – you WOT? – that’s the true British response 😉

  10. Evan says:

    I’m trying to think of words to capture the quality of “you WOT?” and can’t do it. It’s different to “Ya Reckon?” but capturing the difference is tricky. Any ideas?

    Thanks for your comment.

  11. Chris Edgar says:

    Thanks for this post. My take on the law of attraction is that, stripped of any of the mysticism, it means that we do a better job remembering our long-term goals if we write them down and look at them regularly. I buy into it in that stripped-down form without any of the quantum physics, genies, or monks working to conceal it from barbarians throughout the Dark Ages. Perhaps that’s the stuff that gets it a bad rap.

  12. Evan says:

    Hi Chris,

    Welcome. I have no trouble with your stripped down version of the LoA. I think it is all these things that give it a bad, plus what I think of as magical thinking – that jsut thinking changes the world (of perceptions of it certainly).

  13. sarah luczaj says:

    maybe “yeah, right!” or “oh, really?” with a Britishly raised eyebrow??!

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  15. Evan says:

    Thanks for the mention Albert. Much appreciated.

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  17. I’m with Chris’s comment regarding the Law of Attraction. I do believe that what we choose to focus on comes to fruition. We are definitely conscious creators of our reality. Having said that, certainly all the sensationalism definitely has done a number on people’s outlook on it.

  18. Evan, this post made me laugh because “Ya Reckon?” is also a saying in the American South. I pictured you speaking in a Southern accent for a minute – truly mind bending!!

  19. Evan says:

    Hi Brenda,
    I do think we create our reality and that focus is vital to this process. My problem with the law of attraction is that creating our reality means working with ‘what is’ and not just visualising and waiting, I think taking action is vital.

    Thanks for your comment Brenda.

  20. Evan says:

    Well Ma’am,
    I’d surely like to thank you for your comment.

    Can’t do a convincing southern accent I’m afraid.

  21. funny!

    “ya reckon” immediately makes me think of of jim carrey in ace ventura saying, hm, how can i transcribe it, “hngwheeeally!” (=”really??”).

    “ya, right” would be another thing i’d be tempted to snort, or “innnnnteresting.”

    i have to say, though, that i try to stifle these exclamations. people who have beliefs that i find outlandish are not going to change their minds because of my disbelief; generally, i get farther in the conversation if i find out what it is that they like so much about whatever their strange animal is.

    and my attempts at stifling aren’t always successful 🙂

  22. Evan says:

    Hi Isabella,

    Yes, criticism doesn’t bring change. Insistence builds resistance, when we are criticised we defend ourselves.

    It’s almost always possible to find areas of agreement with the person if not their opinion.

    I wasn’t trying to recommend being offensive (or even changing others).

    Thanks for your comment.

  23. David Rogers says:

    My response to advocates of the “Law” of Attraction is “total twaddle”, but “Ya reckon?” sounds pretty good as well. Best wishes with all your life changes. David

  24. Evan says:

    Thanks for your comment David.

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