Thursday, September 8, 2022


Have you ever had the experience of a friend, acquaintance or even relative who comes into a room and spouts off, without ever either asking for your opinion on what they are saying or for that matter how you are? These are the kinds of people “who take the air out of the room.” But what's interesting is that to create a vacuum you have to emit the diarrhetic effusion of words known as logorrhea. It's an extreme form of prolepsis in which the question is answered before it’s even asked. You shouldn’t feel offended since those who suffer from this paraphilia can’t even hear themselves think—which, one would suppose, is precisely the point. Noise blocks out ambient sound and by the end of the evening, those industrious enough to keep talking have essentially found a way of insulating  themselves from the world. On the most basic level, very competitive people hog the floor since they don’t want to have to face off against their rivals. It’s easier to live in your own dreamworld than have to deal with all those whose talents and credits might exceed your own. Or let’s say you feel in danger of being rejected by either a potential employer or lover, what better way to avoid getting bad news than to control the feed?

read "Why Big German Words like Vergangenbangenheit Carry Weight?" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry

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