On Speaking

July 19, 2011

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who stutter, and those who do not. And in my experience, I would more often prefer to listen to the stutterer. Though phonetically challenging to hear, the tortuous pause between thought and articulation invariably gives rise to words better reasoned, more concisely expressed, and consciously pregnant with meaning. The stutterer knows he or she must always think before speaking, and speak with economy. They have a built-in brake preventing nonsensical utterances, if they possess but half a brain. The polished talking heads dominating the media would do well to learn from their example. Eloquent nonsense is ever only nonsense, still.


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