Canadians say “Eh?” at the end of a sentence making it into a question (you know they do, comedians make jokes about it all the time). “Our beer is so much better than what the Yanks make, eh?” Brits will make a declarative statement, but then frequently throw in a question-phrase, mostly rhetorical, like “A pint goes down rather pip-pip here at the Crown and Rose, wouldn’t you say? Or some other such question begging some type of a response. Not necessary a verbal response really, just a knowing wink, raised eyebrow, smile, etc. Some sort of clue affirming that you understand and agree with the speaker.
In parts of the
U.S., street-wise culture uses plenty of question-endings. “Jiggy is out of his
mind tonight. You know what I’m talking about, bro?”
we try not to prolong conversations by inviting additional and unnecessary
responses. We finish a sentence and turn to take care of other
business. No need for all that human interaction stuff. Hmmm, but wait. I just thought of an exception to that rule,
don’t cha know?