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,
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?