Saturday, March 29, 2008
Famous Lines & Lies
Language is a funny thing. It can be revealing when people don't intend for it to be. Let's look at some opening lines, they betray the speaker almost immediately.
"Trust me ... " - You can bet that whatever the person will say following those two words cannot be trusted.
"I am not a racist but... " - You can be certain that what the speaker say next will be racist.
"I have nothing against gays... " - Similar to the above, and what they say will show they are homophobic.
"I hear what you are saying ... " - The speaker is not hearing what you have said but is dying to say something else.
Sometimes its the intonation and nuances which give them away. For example, a stock tip whispered in hushed tones to you is more likely to be useless.
"No offence .... " - You can bet your bottom dollar that what the speaker says next will offend.
"Correct me if I am wrong..." - Usually means the speaker is damn sure they are right and you are wrong.
"Let's talk ..." - Usually means the start of a not-too-happy conversation, and usually turns into a lecture.
"Hypothetically speaking... " - Usually means the speaker is going to paint a scenario which will make you look bad or put you on a spot of bother.
p/s photo: Kavita Kaur
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