During a crisp weekend in late January 2013, my videographer, Grant Hoeppner, and I hit the streets of Toronto to shoot some footage as a pilot project for the “Oh my God” concept. It’s been a while since I had so much fun! The stories we heard were riveting, hilarious and gut-wrenching. We got a lot more than pilot footage. Thanks to everyone who was willing to respond to our question, “When was the last time you said, ‘Oh my God’? Enjoy the video.
Our weekend of video taping in Toronto in January 2013, began with a visit to University of Toronto’s linguistics department. During my academic reading about language variation I discovered Dr. Sali Tagliamonte and her fascinating investigation of words such as ‘like’ in everyday usage. My research had me curious about the role of female pre-teens in language change in society. A highlight for me was when I got the chance to test my hunch with Dr. Tagliamonte. Her expertise in sociolinguistics had a lot to offer an understanding of Oh my God in everyday talk. Here’s just a fraction of the interview with Dr. Tagliamonte.