entire life learning
how to communicate, still
wrong words are chosen
According to a quick google search, the Second Edition of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use (and 47,156 obsolete words).
The odds are stacked against me that in any given situation, I will say the right thing or use the right words.
With texting or posting or any form of writing, audio emphasis or how the words are said out loud has to be supposed, or pre-supposed.
I have long said that most texts and emails are read in the same voice that I would read a note that said, “Report to Principal’s Office NOW!”
Is that fair to the person emailing me?
What do the words mean?
We have the audio recording of Neil Armstrong’s first words when he stepped on the moon.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” (click for audio)
Which means the same thing.
NASA later said that there was a burst of static at the most inopportune moment and that the static blanked out the word, ‘a’.
Armstrong was supposed to have said, ‘That’s one small step for A man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Plan ahead and select the right words, events and technology will conspire against you and confuse the meaning.
With all those words available, the most used phrase in English must be, “What I meant, not what I said!”