CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 14, 2011

Your Spoken Message is Clear, Right?


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

YOUR SPOKEN MESSAGE IS CLEAR, RIGHT?

     Norma Leary would enjoy reading what was discussed in Andrea Kay’s August 17, 2011 column, right?

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This small thing can have ramifications at work.

So it’s worth a mention, right?

That was it. The small, really annoying thing.

Did you catch it?

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     It’s not new, but it is more pervasive in today’s society, Kay said. People she interviewed about the common use of the word right at the end of sentences said it is a subconscious device to get someone to agree with you whether you do or not, to reinforce their opinion… It’s as if the person needs constant validation that they’re right… Another employer says it represents insecurity…Get on with your point and quit throwing out extraneous blah blah blah and asking for my approval.

     “When I hear it, I am left with a feeling similar to the one I get when people’s sentences rise at the end of every statement, making what they’ve said sound like a question, or when they sprinkle “like’s,” “sort of’s” and “maybe’s” throughout a statement, Kay said, noting that she feels that the speaker is hedging. Not sure they’re committed to what they’re saying. Or they’re trying to get me to agree. They can sound as if they’re speaking without the courage of their convictions

     It’s called a “tag question” according to Dr. David Silva, professor of linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington….there’s something to the idea of fostering a certain type of relationship between the speaker and the hearer, one that seeks to build mutual understanding and shared attitudes….using the word right could be to confirm what they said, “giving you a chance to be my ally on this particular matter.*

     Norma Leary, in her humorous way, wrote about tag questioning in her post Listen Up and Talk Down. You might enjoy reading it, right?

SOURCE

*http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_751866.html

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ADDITIONAL READING:

YARD SALES UNSETTLE ME

Mixed-Up Mergatroid

WHY NOT EQUITABLE “HORROR” ADS?

COPYRIGHTS GET NO RESPECT!

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