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AUG 2014

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.14 13 S o I now have a grasp on why, suddenly, all answers from experts to questions posed by public-radio interviewers begin with the word "so." ("Do all turtles carry this gene?" "So the B16 gene was originally found in. . . .") Five years ago, the answer would have opened with introductory language that then led to the mid-sentence "so" clause. Tat was the traditional, obligatory way to begin the response. But not today. We don't do tradition anymore. Which is why coordinating conjunctions and relative pronouns and non-imperative, subjectless verbs lead of so many sentences. On one level, it fts with modern, economical forms of communication on hand-held devices. Call it postcard writing, postcard talking. On another level, it expresses prevailing social attitudes — casual, dismissive, matter-of-fact, egois- tic — that let a reader or listener know who's in control of the information. You conven- tionalists, go ahead and hiss. It's our (though certainly not my) world now. It reminds me, just a bit, of the exasperation so many discriminating readers and listeners feel about excessive and inappropriate uses of the word "like," whose origins as a language fller akin to "um," "you know," "I mean," "ac- tually," "basically," "really" and other repeated Hating "Like" word tics that get under people's skin has been attributed to Valley Girl-speak, Shaggy in the cartoon series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and even 1950s TV beatnik Maynard G. Krebs. Google "using the word like" and you'll fnd 30 or more websites on the frst few pages devoted to the vilifcation and pedantic correction of those who sprinkle the term — commas on either side or not — into their sentencing, even going so far as to introduce quotes with it: "He's like, 'Pick your poison, dude, and I'll, like, pick mine.'" I don't want to play the apologist here, be- cause all constantly repeated wording spacers are annoying, but loudly condemning "like" while making not a peep about the "um . . . ah . . . ah" of many a reputable speaker smacks of (age? class?) prejudice. And who's to say that introducing a quote with "He's like" isn't a contracted way of saying you didn't record the exact quote, but "he said something like. . . ." If more modern historians let readers know that they were approximating private- conversation quotes acquired from second- and third-hand sources and not long-dead subjects they never met, accuracy would be better served. — Jack Welch JUST SAYIN' WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ? Illustration by Carrie Neumayer In 2007, Louisville's First Couple of Goth — Kent Kaliber (who back then went by Kynt) and Vyxsin Fiala — were keeping Louisville weird on The Amazing Race with a pink-and-black palette and quotes like "Oh my goth" and "We're kinda like goth- type Energizer Bunnies." Kaliber and Fiala, now both 30-somethings, had met in front of Kaleidoscope Hair Salon on Bardstown Road earlier in 2007. They retuned in 2011 for Amazing Race: Unfnished Business. After round one, Kaliber and Fiala moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling careers for the store Hot Topic and Gothic Beauty magazine. "I haven't waited tables since moving," Kaliber told us in 2011. Giving us an update — after numerous failed attempts to reach Kaliber and Fiala — is Shan Kokas, Kaliber's longtime friend and go-to hairstylist at Kaleidoscope. She says Kaliber and Fiala are no longer a couple but remain close friends. "To my knowledge he's been on Hannah Montana and other shows," she says. (The duo made an appearance on Bones and on a Big Bang Theory episode that takes place in a goth club.) "He also does promoting for a club out in L.A., so, you know, he's doing well for himself," Kokas says. She adds that Fiala left the L.A. scene and moved to Alabama. "I haven't talked to her, but to my knowledge she does have a child," Kokas says. "I'm pretty sure she's married, but like I said, I don't talk to her. I'm assuming she wants to live her own private life now." — Emily Markanich Photo by John Nation

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