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PHRASE*

April 13, 2014

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference
between lightning and a lightning bug.
~ Mark Twain

PHrase your words carefully. Communication is one of our biggest challenges and a misunderstanding can take on a life of its own. Remember, from our childhood game of “telephone,” how easy it is to hear things differently than they are said. Likewise, when you are upset, remember the power of words to hurt – and rein yourself in.

Have you ever misunderstood words to a pop song and laughed about your version?

*In the spirit of providing daily commentary, I’m adding digraphs, those two letters that unite to consistently form a single sound, to my A to Z posts.
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5 Comments
  1. Your site is very nice thank you!

  2. elaaw permalink

    I’ll admit that minor annoyance or frustration still sometimes leads to unfeeling, rude comments. They are those things I regret having said to the one beside me, waking up in the middle of the night. So I appreciate this reminder, to re-PHrase with more positive, constructive words — it will help me to pause and try harder. Another helpful perspective I’ve learned is to think, before being rude or dismissive, “Would I talk to or treat a friend in that way?” For the one beside me, firstly, is my friend, after all.

    • Very true — how we are lax with one’s we love. Perhaps because we think they will understand?

  3. So true Beth. Words are very powerful, we must never forget that.

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