I judge people based on how they speak.
Ok, ok, I know it’s bad. I try not to, but sometimes I just can’t help it.
Let me explain. I don’t expect people to drop ten dollar words into conversation to sound intelligent. I’m talking about “weasel words,” little words such as “like,” “you know,” “umm”s and “uhh”s. The filler words that you use when your brain and mouth try to sync back up.
Here’s an example. Several years ago, I had a professor who was at my school as a guest lecturer, filling a fairly prestigious and competitive slot. She graduated from Yale University having completed their program for a doctorate in dramaturgy, the only one of its kind in the country at the time. Everything about this woman’s record suggested that not only was she smart, she was really smart. Unfortunately, hearing her lecture, you would never know it. Read the rest of this entry »