It happened again. Yesterday, at work. I was explaining how to set up a winter aeration kit to a fellow and his wife, and the guy suddenly asks me “what’s your degree?” The extremely off-topic question caught me off guard, and I hesitated, then responded “Environmental Studies.” He then says “just curious. I’m an important-something-to-do-with-language-skills-and-foreigners-person and your speech is excellent. You speak quite clearly and succinctly (my word of the day) and would do great at this kind of job.”
…I almost laughed at him.
But instead I thanked him and told him I’d heard that before. And then I finished my explaination of the aeration system, only it was difficult because I was consiously analyzing my voice in the background. That’s the problem with getting told you’re voice is succinct; you start to think about it and try to pick up on what they’re pointing out, except by listening for it, trying to speak as if you weren’t thinking about it…Yea. You see where I’m getting at. Kind of like observing the atom. Observing it changes the outcome.
Professor Farnsworth (at the (robot)horse track):
“Damn you all, you changed the outcome by measuring it!!! (throws his ticket down on the ground)
Personally, I think it’s the lack of “uh’s” and “uhm’s” that have become akin to punctuation in spoken American English. But seriously, too many intelligent old people keep commenting on this. I’m going to look into this and see where my seductively succinct diction could get me.
Ok, that’s just wrong. Don’t even comment Mr. Carrot.