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How Euphemisms Avoid Awkward Moments September 17, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, People, Word Play.
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We often rely on euphemisms and indirect speech in our daily encounters.

Why?  Easy . . . we want to avoid awkward moments.  

Three relationship types (Dominance, Communality, and Reciprocity) govern our interactions with others.

When we aren’t clear about the relationship type, implicit language and indirect speech allow us to “beat around the bush” ~ giving both parties an opportunity to deny what’s been said if it becomes necessary to do so.

Explicit language and direct speech provide mutual knowledge, which is great if both parties are on the same wave length . . . and awkward if they aren’t.

With overt language, you can’t take it back . . . it’s out there.  

Quote:  Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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