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One Mouth Too Many Words (standard:humor, 910 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Mar 07 2022Views/Reads: 204/114Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
According to this, the more a person knows the less he speaks. This has been rather an important assessment of people. It’s the people who are silent most of the time that probably no more than the people that are talking most of the time.
 



I read somewhere where the average woman speaks 20,000 words a day, and
the average man speaks 7,000 words a day. I'm not sure if that's true 
because I never believe everything I read, particularly on my computer, 
unless I write it. 

If this is true, who came up with it and how did they get to this
conclusion? 

I can't remember any day in my life when I spoke 7,000 words. At least
out loud. I probably thought that many words, but they didn't all touch 
my tongue. I The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is a different 
story. As long as we have been married, I have never tried to count how 
many words she spoke on any single day. So keeping up is very difficult 
for someone like me. In its use. 

Usually, when she has something to say she says it and it turns out to
be true. 

A friend of mine once told me that in his church many years ago, he had
a woman he described as someone who never entertained an unspoken 
thought. I'm sure she was a delight to be around. I might know some 
people just like that. 

If I, for example, spoke 7,000 words on any given day, I would be
exhausted by the end of that day. So what in the world would I use 
those 7,000 words to say? And, to whom? 

If I spoke 7,000 words a day, that would be about five words a minute
for 24 hours. I'm not sure that's something I could ever do. 

Most people have a lot to say, but what they say doesn't really mean a
lot. And, not just politicians. 

My maternal grandfather was very selective when it came to speaking. It
took him quite a while to get a sentence out, and he never used a word 
that wasn't necessary. I sometimes couldn't understand what he was 
saying, but he would never repeat himself. But when I asked him to 
repeat himself, he would just look at me and smile one of his 
grandfatherly smiles. 

Having something to say is very important. The trouble is most of what
people have to say isn't important. 

There's the other side to this: sometimes what I say gets me into
trouble. I may be meaning one thing, but the person listening may 
understand it entirely differently. This has been my trouble throughout 
the years. 

When I'm silent, I rarely get into trouble. When I open my mouth and
start speaking, I get into trouble. Sometimes speaking is automatic, 
and I don't realize what I'm saying out loud. Keeping my thoughts to 
myself has been a hard discipline for me throughout the years. 

Recently, The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was coughing a little
bit, and finally said to me, “My throat is very sore today.” 

Not realizing that my mouth was open and expelling words, I said,
“That's strange because my ears are sore today.” 

Looking at me, I realized I had said that out loud. I said it out loud
so that she could hear it, but I didn't want her to hear it. Her stare 
taught me a valuable lesson at that time. 

I was now in trouble, and it was because of the words I said out loud. 

After being married for over 50 years, you would think I would have
mastered the skill of thinking but not speaking. I'm still working on 
that. 

There is also the situation where you don't get enough words out. 

The Pennsylvania Dutch have a saying, “Throw Papa down the stairs...”
then they pause for a moment and finish it by saying, “... his hat.” 

If you don't get the last part of that sentence, you may end up throwing


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