Friday, July 29, 2005
When I picked up the message later, I listened for the pause....and there wasn't one! No noticeable difference in tempo. I am *amazed*. I had no idea that there might be such a huge difference between my experience of speech and the actual sound of what I say.
Now that I know, what to do? How many conversations have been warped by this? Hundreds? Thousands? Am I not leaving any space for other people to follow me when I change track? This is wild. I want to think about it for a few days, then start experimenting! Watch this space.
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Based on my own experience, I call this phenomenon mental shorthand, because I use it to shorten my comments during conversation when a) I make references or allusions I expect other people to know and, (b) I leap into divergent side-topics based on the allusions/references I make.
Upside? It can be funny as hell and extremely engaging intellectually when I encounter someone who does this to me while I'm doing it to them. (However, to be candid, I find a breaking-in period is often beneficial in order to establish a consistent verbal rhythm of throwing and catching, so to speak.)
Downside? Unless I monitor this mental shorthand closely, it can easily transform me into an assassin of linear conversation, which dramatically alientates the more traditional conversationalists I encounter.
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I like your phrase "assassin of linear conversation". I think I'm going to personify it for Halloween!