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12 hours ago, Caya said:

Welp, close enough.

I've been seeing "welp" in writing more often over just the past few years -- mostly on the internet.  Before that, it was written mostly in dialog, to indicate that the speaker was a down-home type.  And it wasn't exactly a synonym of "well," it was simply the way "well" sounds when a person says it and then pauses briefly, thus allowing their lips to close.  There's a feeling of completion about it, or maybe just uncertainty.

But as I said, it's becoming more common, and appears in many cases to be simply another way of writing "well."  So I looked it up, and found an article on the Merriam-Webster (dictionary) website [link] which includes these passages:

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Welp is a synonym of the interjection well, which is used to express surprise or signal the beginning of a comment or discussion ("Well, what have we here?" "Well, you're never going to believe this, but..."). But welp has a sense of resignation and finality that well often doesn't have

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our earliest written use of welp goes back over 70 years. It shows up in a scholarly article on two of welp's linguistic cousins: yep and nope. Well gained that final -p as part of a normal process of articular: the lips come together to stop the sound of well and prepare for the next sound, and some hear that stoppage as a -p.

It looks to me now, though, like a lot of people are using that spelling as simply a somewhat humorous way of writing "well."  Too bad, but that's the way language evolves -- people using it as they see fit.

But yep and nope have been used so frequently in written as well as spoken English for as long as I can remember that it never occurred to me to wonder where their final "p" came from.  Plus they seem to have become words in their own right, synonyms of yes and no rather than just alternative spellings.  So it never occurred to me that they and "welp" acquired their final "p" in the same way.

 

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Loved this callback to "Ant-Man and the Wasp" in episode 4, lol.


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I'd kinda love, though, if everyone was searching for the Big Bad Mephisto behind Agatha and then it'd turn out, no, there's nothing there, she was the one pulling the strings all along. :evilinside:But I admit I have a fondness for female villains. 

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I'd be happy with either outcome.  :happy:  I just don't think they're as likely to go that route.

 

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