Spoken inarticulations

Words such as ‘mumble’, ‘sigh’, and ‘groan’ are spoken in places where their referent might more naturally be used. It has been suggested that this usage derives from the impossibility of representing such noises on a comm link or in electronic mail, MUDs, and IRC channels (interestingly, the same sorts of constructions have been showing up with increasing frequency in comic strips). Another expression sometimes heard is “Complain!”, meaning “I have a complaint!

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