1 jeffed 2 months ago Do you ever try to express yourself, perhaps in character, and wonder if you’re being understood correctly? Yet what you said and how you said it is succinct and further words are superfluous. On refection, you decide the possible consequences of misinterpretation are slim enough to not bother with further elaboration. The odds against that are worth the risk, you tell yourself. It happens to me often, particularly on a forum such as this.Verbal communication is fraught with pitfalls especially when different cultures are engaged in conversation, although sharing the same language - English. Bear in mind the absence of body language when using only the printed word. All those nuances of physical expression are missing. "Am I being read right?", you ask yourself. Is it worth worrying about for the sake of not compromising your brevity of meaning?Such is the pace of modern living most of us probably opt for just “getting it down” quickly in the hope that those reading what we write know us well enough to read between the lines and hear the spoken word complete with dialect sufficiently to understand us without us being unnecessarily longwinded.That said, I find myself being verbose right now. Sorry ‘bout that. What do you think about the limitations of these exchanges and the value of telescoping our thoughts into as few words as possible idiomatically? Would you rather spell out what you mean in detail? Deliberately adopting an amusing characterisation is sometimes tempting, is it not? Saying the exact opposite of what we mean is fun once in a while, don’t you think? ‘Nuff said.