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Conversation

“Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.”  Mark Twain

As a fan of Mark Twain, I find this an especially attractive and provocative quote. It’s too bad that we don’t have him available to us to spend some time conversating about this.

If the word “conversate” bothers you, it’s one of those words that has become popular since 2000 and is described as happening out of necessity – the world needed a verb to be derived from the noun “conversation.” For the language purists, “converse” is the preferred form but it doesn’t quite feel as chatty or social.

For as long as I can remember, we have heard about the vital need for communication. Parents and children must communicate. Employers and employees (theoretically) exchange information through communication. And some of our best personal relationships have been characterized by “good communications.”

Like Mr. Twain, I believe that exchanging ideas, observations or feelings is best accomplished through conversation. Conversations are less structured, more personal, more spontaneous and ultimately, more natural than communications. When you strike up a conversation with someone, that which is shared is always the words associated with that moment and never about communicating.

Thank you for stopping by to visit and share some conversation. Please leave comments and add your email address so that you can see my posts as soon as they are available. Shalom.

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