The Last Word.

It’s funny to me when people say “Welp.” What they mean is “Well”, usually as in something like, “Well, that’s it then” but the letter P at the end just emphasizes the finality. In linguistics P is a voiceless bilabial plosive—related to B, which is a voiced bilabial plosive. The letter L, on the other hand, is a voiced alveolar lateral approximant, and you’d think linguists could come up with a shorter term and you’d be right. I remember from college linguistics class that L and R are the liquid consonants. I like that term. I do wish the letter R could also get in there but calling them the lurid consonants would have an entirely different meaning.

I like this graffiti too. It’s bright and sharp. Because it’s only visible along a stretch of Interstate 40 just past Charlotte Pike the simplicity is nice. Only passengers are likely to see it as the cars they’re in speed by.

Here’s the graffiti that used to be in the same spot. I took this picture a little over two years ago but it stayed there for a lot longer. I looked it up in Google Maps and the earlier graffit was still there as recently as October 2023. I don’t know if it’s the same artist painting over their work. If it is their style seems to have evolved—it’s stronger now, more confident, but I don’t think it’s the last thing they have to say.

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  1. mydangblog

    Welp, it’s definitely eye-catching!!

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      It really is eye-catching! Next to the interstate might not be the best place for it because of that, which is my only criticism.

  2. Ann Koplow

    I appreciate everything you have to say, Chris.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I appreciate your contributions too, Ann, and that’s not the last word.


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