Random Thoughts

Thoughts while shaving

by Jim Tierney

Do you ever hear someone say “to tell you the truth” (I heard Tom Brady say this!!) or “to be honest with you” or “honestly” before they say something? Doesn’t this infer that the person, however honorable, doesn’t always tell the truth? Other common “speech impediments” are “you know what I mean” or “you know” when trying to inform, usually said when the other person gets NO information at all to “know what you mean”. These habits are repeated several times in the same conversation. We all have similar personal habits when we communicate that become part of our vocabulary. Habits are hard to break and people who have them don’t realize it, so you have to bring it to their attention at the risk of alienating them. It would be like telling them they have bad breath. I have my own personal habit of alienating them when they say “to tell you the truth” by asking “do you lie to me a lot” or  when they say ”you know what I mean”… “no, I DON’T have the foggiest idea what you mean”.


March 1, 2013


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