Definitely wouldn't say like a person. I like the choices of the slowly expanding vocabulary. They mostly seem limited to basic Barney quips like "Aww" "Blush" etc. I could even see "Hugs" "I'm Sorry!" "Share" etc. Just like that purple friend to kids uses all the time when he's not actually speechifying.
I was (and still am) enchanted with the concept of a persona here that responds to any mention of any color in a discussion with a mention of purple, and nothing else. It was startling initially, but not in any negative way. And now it's part of the zeitgeist of this place, and I'd miss it if it went away. My hope is that @Barney will continue to fulfill that role during and after his/her/hir position as goathood, but I do also welcome the branching out of vocabulary, even if only for a month.
Okay. I'll fess up. @Barney's vocabulary enhancements are the fault of all of us previous goats. We all got together (@davegray, @Ryaneil, @marklog, @studerc, @Thumperchick, @cengland0, @lisaviolet, & @joelmw) and did some goaty mystical crap to beef up @Barney's language skills, so that she (we have settled that you're a ladysaur, right?) could more effectively perform her goatly duties. It remains unclear if these enhancements will stick around after her term is up. If this bothers you, well, you know who to blame!
@Ignorant What's sad is that the people that get pissed at you, are the people you've been pretty nice to. I've seen to flat out pick on someone and they're just happy to get pointed in the right direction. You've been fairly tame, as far as I can tell.
@nadroj I kind of like how little we know of @Barney, but a gender pronoun would make things simpler. Barney is people so "it" seems appropriate, and I just can't bring myself to say "they" when a singular pronoun is the correct version.
While we have @Barney at increased vocabulary levels, do you also post here under another username? I don't want to know who, but I like the thought that we've had conversations with someone on here all the while never realizing that that person (or perhaps persons?) was behind our endearingly charming lover of purple.
@unixrab I went to Cal Poly the same time Weird Al did, and in fact a friend roomed with him. He did graduate with a degree in Architectural Engineering, but with the promise he made to one of his teachers that he would never actually use the degree (the promise was made to pass the class).
He made most of his early records in what he called Studio 227, which was actually room 227 in the graphic arts building near the KCPR studios; room 227 was the men's bathroom, which had the desired acoustics off the tile.