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April 26, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

“How Can You Say This Differently?”

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Update 10/30/14: This is a condensed version of one of my favorite old posts.

I’m reading Eats, Shoots, & Leaves, and I was talking with Sister about it.  Although the book is specifically about punctuation, we got to talking about grammar and sentence structure as well, and wondering why there are so many people close to our ages who went to school in the same state we did, who managed to come away with very little understanding of how to write a sentence.

Well, having that discussion with Sister reminded me of a conversation with my therapist several months back.  I’d said something, referring to “my stupider moments”, without realizing I’d used the word “stupider” until my therapist repeated it back to me and asked how I could have said that differently. She was looking for an answer that was not so judgmental of myself, but in the second or two that it took for me to realize what she really meant, I almost said, “Oh.  Yeah.  ‘More stupid’.”

I still laugh about that.



  1. Comment by RB:

    Great book! 🙂

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  3. Comment by mmaaggnnaa:

    Hi –

    I was wondering if you would add my blog to your blogroll? It is about my own therapy-related experiences . . . thank you in advance!

    – Marie

  4. Comment by David:

    Oh man, that’s hilarious.

  5. Comment by lifeischange:

    I really thought, in that moment, that she was correcting my grammar rather than my negativity. lol


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