Words that bug you

FuzzySpider11Insects are little pests in our homes.  They don't really belong there and they just annoy us as we have to deal with them either one at a time or, heaven forbid, in swarms! Unnecessary words are the same way in our communication.  Ever talk to someone who takes the long way around a conversation?  Someone who walks around the block a bit before he finally spits out what he wants to say?  Ever in a hurry and need an answer to a question quickly but the person you happened to ask has swallowed a dictionary?  Does it BUG you?  LOL Sometimes we need a "Just the facts ma'am" moment, but we live in a "let me tell you all about it" world.  FDR once said "Be sincere; be brief; be seated."   Sometimes a good idea for more than making speeches. ;D A friendly reminder from Art of Eloquence.com, the Communication FUNdamentals!


  • jojosblog

    I think most men are kind of Just the Facts people or there wouldn’t be a Men of Few Words saying.

    I’m the same way Felice. It’s only good communication skills to give the story from beginning to end. However some folks don’t know when to abandon that when the situation arises. It’s sometimes tough for some folks to discern the need to abandon full disclosure even upon seeing the frantic face of a passerby yelling…“DO you have the time!”. I’ve seen blank stares come from these passersby when they hear the whole story of how Mr. James Longwinder Jr.’s father gave this watch to him back in 1929 after the stock market crash and he lost all hope during his lean years…

  • Felice

    I am a just the facts person “in theory” but I tell a story from the “beginning of time” because I desire to give the listener all the information!

    I agree, that at times we just want to know the how and not necessarily the why. Very good post and something to think about. :)

  • Arielle

    “A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.”
    —Theodore Roosevelt

    Say what you mean and mean what you say. :0)

  • Laura

    My husband is saying “AMEN”. He thinks I take the long way around EVERY time I say something. I’ve learned to say the final sentence first, then if he’s up to it, I tell the “story” behind it!

  • Laurie Neumann


    I have to admit I do get frustrated when people give too many details when telling something. I am very much a “just the facts” kind of girl:-)

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