The Written Word Versus The Spoken Word

In a recent op ed piece in the Sunday Edition of The Start Ledger entitled, “Trump should just forget Twitter, become a knitter,” columnist Paul Mulshine made an astute observation about how different the written word is from the spoken word.

Regardless of your politics, it bears repeating:

“The spoken word can be accompanied by inflections and facial expressions that can change its meaning entirely.

A ‘yes,’ for example, can be muttered under one’s breath as a reluctant protest. Or it can be shouted out at top volume as an affirmation of joy.

Either way, on the page — or the computer screen — it’s just ‘yes.’

Those of us in the writing racket make adjustments for this sort of thing.”

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