Monday, July 26, 2010
What? I ask the kids about it and they usually shrug and give me the most succinct answer they can muster: "Dunno."
An anthropologist would say sticking out one's tongue is an early form of non-verbal communication. It can also indicate delayed physical development.
I've read some responses on the net trying to explain this behavior, all of them unsatisfactory. Usually a teen writing about it tends to use txt-speak, offering numerous emoticons and spellings like "gurl" "cuz" and "sez". The answers given are just as pithy: "Cuz we're crzy!!!" "It's kewl."
Now I figure most of us are fairly bright. I'm interested in you trying your hand at an explanation...for instance: "Overexposure to chemicals is causing a regression to a primal lizard state." See? I can accept that. Or: "It's seizure activity." Or even: "It's a new mating ritual designed to discourage procreation."
Just don't tell me "It's all good."
I know better. I've seen enough to know that just ain't true.