As I chatted with ghostlightning, this post was born. It is at least 13% his fault, and 87% my love for phonetics.
Bear witness to something which may be more GAR-exuding than the relative inactivity lets on:
you know the drill.
Now I could say a lot about how they reinforce their already probably incredibly huge egoes by repeating eachothers’ names (also positively establishing their respective identities against eachother in a discourse of power, to do a lolpseudolelangirism). Suffice to say, they aren’t doing any thing which is very rich in GAR quality, but… It’s still there. Hiding.
The proliferation of As are allusory to them being the First, the Best. A is first in the Latin alphabet, α in the Greek, and of course あ/ア in the kana syllabary. Interestingly, elder futhark began on f, despite being the writing system of some of the most stereotypically GAR badarses there ever was. One is forced to conclude that, indeed, the Germanic tribes were simply too busy burning Rome to do anything better with something as nerdy as ordering their letters, and the Vikings were too busy being Vikings for inventing a properly ordered alphabet themselves. Either that, or they prolonged their voiceless labiodental fricatives. Or in other words, FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
So, essentially, THEY ARE THE ALPHA. Note also that Yukimura roars O sufficiently, soI can pun about them being OMEGAR too (sorry, sorry, won’t do that again). That is more non-consequential since O does not have any particularly interesting position in the kana syllabary.
More seriously: Why is this GAR-like? What makes us feel such a tinge of GAR from… well, two men senselessly, a bit machomoerotically (sorry, sorry, won’t do that again) screaming eachothers’ names in their respective faces?
Let’s ponder animals. Why are roars so frightening? Well they are for two reasons (I am no biologist, so I may well be way off mark here):
- It alerts you to a danger. A lion roaring to get you to back off from its cubs is drawing your attention to it, and to the fact that it is here and it will kick your ass.
- Something which has the energy to spare to scream in your face is probably quite sure it can get you without using near all of its power. More complex sounds to create mean it is more in control. If Bob has the time to form KTRGRAAA (harsh, plosive consonants are often somewhat hard to form – especially in conjunction – while vowels are easy, though heavy on air), then what could he do with that breath if he focused it on beating you up? There is a perhaps a simple reason M and N are quite rare in shouts and screams of some gar quality- they are neither hard to form nor expensive on oxygen.
GAR, being a weird mix of a newly constructed, social response, and primal adoration of the Alpha (fe)male of the pack, will likely draw power from this. Sounds carry meaning. And all of these, they say, “I am big. I am strong. I can waste my energy despite being in a supposedly perilous situation. And I am on your side.” Cue us falling over and becoming the proverbial crying girlchildren, in lack of less sexist words.
Look at this mix of cheese, memes and GAR:
Now what do they have in common except being seen as GAR? Well, SOUNDS. Nonsensical, they don’t carry much semantical weight at all. A lot of them. AND LOUD. It is all there. The harsh (plosive) consonants, the alveolar trill, the long vowels, specifically the [aː] . Selective sampling, you can prove anything with it, of course. But look what sounds can make GAR…
…Really now, you found even this a bit GAR didn’t you? At least I did, though I may be a major abberation. It might be because it is Wakamoto. And this produced by sounds.
There are no conclusions here, just silly ideas on the phonosemiotic qualities of GAR, which no one should take seriously.extended postography
ghostlightning’s classic, groundbreaking study into the matter of GAR rhetoric is essential [->]
The Animanachronism’s papers on GAR have been quite a tone-setter in the debate, and lelangir has extended them [->]