"maybe that’s why as english speakers we use ‘like’ and ‘um’ so much, we are always searching for words that aren’t there."
— nayyirah waheed (via larmoyante)
"in our deepest moments we say the most inadequate things"
— Edna O’Brien, Sister Imelda (via douce—amere)
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"Men and women differ in their language patterns; for example, research suggests that men interrupt women more than women do men (a finding that surprises most men but not most women)."
Analyzing English Grammar, Klammer, Schulz, & Della Volpe, p. 21
you guys my grammar book is sassy
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"GirlTip: Before you finish a statement by asking someone, “Does that make sense?” check yourself: are you worried they didn’t understand or didn’t agree? Let your statements stand confidently on their own as much as you can; turn them into questions sparingly, and for the right reasons."
Rachel Simmons, She of the Girls Leadership Institute.
(Confession: I am 43 and I do this ALL THE TIME. And—spoilers!—I am almost NEVER asking if they understand, or even if they agree. I’m almost always trying to tone down my dissent to appear less pushy.)
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"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply."
— Stephen R. Covey (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
"The idea that intelligence is linked to English pronunciation is a legacy from colonial thinking."
— Delalorm Semabia, 25, a Ghanaian blogger (x)
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"Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish."
Hermann Hesse (via libraryland)
I always feel this way. I’m certain that my ideas are poignant, relevant and intelligent, but often when I speak I feel like I sound like I’m fifteen.