[Pdx-pm] September meeting tonight: "Now on 2nd Thursdays" Social

Joshua Keroes joshua at keroes.com
Fri Sep 9 10:39:04 PDT 2011

There's an entire spectrum of communication quality.

Take your computer, for example. What if it's on a lossy link? Yes, your
computer will rerequest the TCP packets that were forgotten or corrupted,
but UDP's gone for good, and your network traffic will be slow indeed. Is
that really ideal?

By the same token (no pun intended), poor spoken communication makes for
slow and imprecise conversation because the listener has to piece back
together the speaker's attempted communication. Incorrect word choice causes
cognitive dissonance in the listener which is distracting, much like corrupt


On Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 10:31 AM, Chad Granum <exodist7 at gmail.com> wrote:

> My Take:
> Language rules are in place to help make communication understandable.
> They do not exist to give a select few a feeling of superiority or
> power trip. If a rule is violated one should pause and consider "Did
> the communication succeed, or does the communication confuse me?" if
> confused ask for elaboration, otherwise mission complete end of story.
> If you know a rule was violated, and which rule then the communication
> succeeded, wait for someone to pipe in that they are confused, only
> then should you point out the rule violation in order to aid the
> communication.
> On Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM, Randal L. Schwartz
> <merlyn at stonehenge.com> wrote:
> >>>>>> "benh" == benh  <ben.hengst at gmail.com> writes:
> >
> > benh> This again:
> > benh> http://twitter.com/#!/notbenh/status/109484048593850368
> >
> > If it were possible to change the English language by a simple tweet,
> > I'm sure we'd be writing it as "UR" by now. :)
> >
> > --
> > Randal L. Schwartz - Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc. - +1 503 777
> 0095
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