Posted by: Judy | June 26, 2017

Context Continued…

Candidkay made the observation that she couldn’t imagine what a guy would be doing with a bat. Not a wooden bat but the animal variety. At least that’s what came to mind as I read her comment. So the context has to be considered not only from the speaker’s point of view but from the point of view of the listener. I know most people are familiar with baseball. However, if the last thing on the radar was the animal variety, it’s reasonable that it’s where a person would first in their head.

Think about it: We communicate with people every single day. Each person has their own perspective and their own experiences to draw on in order to gain understanding in any given situation. Then throw in the language gap. Even those who speak English to each other often come from different references. Do you push a grocery cart or a buggy? Do you drink soda or pop? Do you spell the color gray with an a or an e? By the way, I use that one because I’m proud of myself for figuring out how to choose the correct one for my American publisher. GrAy is American, and GrEy is English. So I’m easily amused, what of it?

Oh, then throw in sarcasm, and it’s a whole new ballgame and not baseball, basketball, or football (or soccer), depending on where you’re from.

It’s a miracle we all get along as well as we do.

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Responses

  1. Amen!

  2. Throw in lies and distortions and things get really messy fast.

    • Oh, my, yes.


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