The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2308638
Posted By: TheSnail
06-Apr-08 - 08:31 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
Tom Bliss

And if a few got the wrong impression because they didn't read the posts, then that's not your fault either.

Of course, a mistake that a lot of us make is that, because we know exactly what we mean, the meaning of our words is totally clear to others. Well, it's obvious, init? We forget that the reader can't see what is inside our head; that they are coming at the issue from a different angle; that they don't quite read it the way we intended. Clearly they are stupid or, even worse, wilfully misunderstanding what we say for their own paranoid ends and so the situation escalates until before we know it we are going off list to blast them with the invective they so clearly deserve.

Things could be settled so much more pleasantly over a quiet pint in a decent pub.