What part of KNOW don’t you understand?
This is why I have nominated myself to be the Global Village Idiot: in conversation, I often (let’s say…20% of the time) have to ask a speaker to repeat what they said. It isn’t deafness–I had my hearing checked out, it’s normal, or within bounds for my age.
“Inbound Tourettte’s” is a yet-undescribed condition whereby the sound of what’s said takes over, or the words themselves morph into their homonym/homophone/homograph (Sea blog title).
Or the gaps between the letters expand or contract (in letterpress, this is called kerning, dropping tiny copper spacers between the type). If your vocabulary is huge (though unorganized) much merriment can ensue as several possibilities present themselves in rapid sequins.
Enter the “pseudomessage” and I’m the L’austin space cowgirl.
What else is new?
It takes a second or two to realize that I got it terribly wrong.
Assuming the speaker isn’t impatient—if they’re human—I get a ‘do-over’.
Trip Gabriel’s feature in Outside Mag quoted me instructing a novice rider to ” perch on the saddle ‘like a sea clam'”…When I had distinctly said “C-clamp”….look at someone crouched over the bars struggling up a hill and tell me they look even remotely “clammy”. They ARE curved like the letter C.
Dismayed to learn then, that even in the written certainties of my new medium–the blog– that there’s ample room for misunderstanding. The nuances are different. Things seem more abrupt, more terse and infinitely more hurried.
It is a joy then when someone like Henry Cutler takes a few minutes to say hello, and give succor to a woman perpetually sliding around on marbly surfaces, in the superficial silos, the border of our lies….
Dear reader if you know how to get the dummy to stand upright, please tell me the right command. I am not figuring it out.