Special People

According to the Free Dictionary, voice in writing is “The distinctive style or manner of expression of an author or of a character in a book.” In elementary school, we were taught to use voice in our writing. Voice in writing endears the reader to the writer, because it feels so much more personal when it feels like the writer has a presence in his or her words. I’ve noticed that this same concept concept applies to personalities. There are just some special snowflakes out there. People we’ve met that just stick in our mind long after we meet them. Maybe it’s the one guy who just has that gravity, because every word he speaks and action he takes is deliberate and calculated, or that other girl whose laugh was so genuine and real that you couldn’t help laughing along too. It’s a trait falls into that category of magical things that aren’t measurable but are immediately identifiable. And we think about these people, at least unconsciously, in awe – not out of admiration, but out of novelty, for they show us that there is a kind of human we’ve never met before.

Snippets

“So what’s your research about?”

“It’s about these things called memory resistors, they-”

“Dude that is like, SO, cool. That’s really, really interesting.”

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“Wbu? How’s your internship going?”

“Haha work is pretty entertaining. One of the guys here dated a girl that all the Indian girls from your high school know and he’s so freaked out its hilarious. And both of them want me to set them up with girls so it’s just an amusing work environment.”

“What about the actual work itself?”

“It’s all data analysis through this website so it’s pretty interesting.”

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“So back where you lived, in Iran, how do people say hello? ”

Salom.”

“Wait, isn’t that Arabic? Iran’s national language is Farsi, right?”

“Yes, but the colloquial language is different. To be formal, we would say ‘d’rood,’ which is Farsi.”

“That’s pretty cool. So how do you say good-bye?”

“We say ‘khuda-hafiz.'”

“But that’s Urdu! You’re telling me that you use Urdu and Arabic for your two most commonly used phrases?”

“Yes *laughs*. To be formal, we would say ‘badh’rood.'”

“And how do you say thank you?”

“To be formal, we say ‘mamnoon.’ But really, the formal language is not used anymore. Nowadays, we say ‘merci.'”