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  •  I'm far from an innocent but... (18+ / 0-)

    can we please do away with "reading comprehension problem" or similar terms? What if the person has a learning disability? Would that make the accuser feel better? People can interpret something in different ways, doesn't mean one has a reading comprehension problem. Maybe it's the speaker who is at fault, nor making his point clearer. Nevertheless, it doesn't hurt to say, "That's not what I mean." Or something like that.

    It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

    by raina on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 09:14:59 AM PDT

    •  nor=not n/t (7+ / 0-)

      It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

      by raina on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 09:16:01 AM PDT

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    •  How I got my first HR. I learned this lesson (11+ / 0-)

      and I agree that it is the "speaker" who can be at fault. It is easy to forget that when writing we don't always get to reflect the tone that goes along with the spoken word. It is missing from the words we use, and so we have to consider if the words we choose will reflect what we mean.

      A personal example is the time I received my first, and I think only, hide rating here. This happened several years ago, and I don't remember exactly what the diary was about, but the way the diarist wrote it, it sounded like a manic experience.

      In the comments I wrote, "Are you bi-polar too?"

      Another Kossack, who very often writes recommended diaries, came in and said he was hide rating my comment because he was sick and tired of people making jokes about mental illness, and then a whole bunch of people piled on.

      When, in shock, I saw what was happening, I responded that I meant "too" as in "also" as in I am bi-polar and was asking the diarist if he/she was like me. The whole episode could have been avoided if I had chosen my words more carefully.

      I worry that the Kossack who gave me that hide rating thinks I hold a grudge. I see where he recommends my diaries frequently, but he never comments in them. Does he remember that episode as well, and is reluctant to comment in my diaries? Do I hold a grudge against him? No. I read, recommend and comment in his diaries and appreciate his work here. In fact, I am beholden to him for teaching me the valuable lesson that I need to carefully choose the words and phrasing I use.

      “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

      by hungrycoyote on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:52:14 PM PDT

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      •  Verily, verily. (5+ / 0-)

        Written communication is devoid of the nonverbal communication -- a smile, a wink, a gesture of  the hand -- that accompanies face-to-face communication.

        So I confess, too, to the abuse of emoticons O:>)) to try to communicate more clearly. (OK, so I have two chins, and I'm winking at people in meat space. So?)

        It's all good, doncha know?


        "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

        by cotterperson on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:24:34 PM PDT

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    •  Heh (3+ / 0-)

      To me, most of the rest of the world has a reading comprehension problem :)

      "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

      by ChurchofBruce on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 04:10:51 PM PDT

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