Sunday, February 13, 2011

Let Me Put It This Way...

I don't say it intentionally, and after I say it, I start speaking slowly. It's not because I think who I'm speaking with is slow or might have difficulty understanding me, but because I'm choosing my language carefully. I "speak" better online than I do in person, because it's easier to type my message and be able to go back and edit it to make it more understandable. When speaking, I cannot do that.

"Let me put it this way" is my way of saying "I don't know how to put this, but I'm going to try to say it anyway, so please bear with me for the time being."

When I use it in my writing, especially in my blog entries, it doesn't come across like this at all, because you're reading it after I've already completed the thought, posted, published, and shared it; after I've already done what I can to perfect the verbage of what I'm trying to explain or capture. But if you catch me using it in person, I apologise in advance: I'm not speaking slowly because I think you're having trouble understanding me, I'm speaking slowly because I'm having difficulty putting words together efficiently.

That's all there is to it.


  1. I understand this just because I know you. Your parents and potential employers may not catch that though. I brought this to your attention to help you, not to criticize. I've also told you that even knowing what you mean, still doesn't change how it makes me feel when I hear it. It's not just when you say it. When I hear the phrase "let me put it this way," it's REALLY aggravating. Not just from you.

  2. If only I could keep myself from saying it, but I can't. More often than not, I don't even realize I've said it until it's long past worth trying to take back.


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