Code switching

We are all linguists playing the meta game.

We toss our codes across the net with glee.
Some of us have a wicked serve.
Some of us lob ad infinitum.

Grandparents, parents, children,
classmates, colleagues, servants,
employers, employees,
business and social partners - 
whatever their status - 
must play our game.

Do you want to play?
Can you get the ball when I smash it toward the net?
How about that high lob?

You need to develop your cardio capacity.
You need to practice pylometrics.
And your stamina….! (smirk)

How shall I address you?
What register shall I use?
What’s my mood today?

Am I indicative?
Shall I be subjective?

Will you play with me?

France Menk