In the sunshine at Leyton Orient today.
Half time and my team are 1-0 up.
We have been singing ‘Barmy Army’. All except one. His contribution seems to be ar-eee ar-eee. For ‘Blue Army’, it’s ooo-ar-eee.
It works though. Lost in the crowd. It adds to the noise and would seem to be quite economical. No need to waste consonants. No need to use facial muscle to form lips, mouth and jowel to enunciate all the suggested letters and sounds.
Where else can we be economical and still fit in? Save energy and still be part of the team? Go through the motions but still add something?
At work, at home, with friends, with colleagues, in relationships…?
Maybe at times we all do that?
Maybe we signal agreement, dissent, act as if we are together, pulling as one, but our commitment is only partial. Without consonants perhaps? Partially present, noisy, but somehow incomplete?