Oh For Sure

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Oh For Sure

you could be right

you might say that

it doesn’t quite suit me

it’s a possibility

sometimes it seems that way

sounds good in theory

can’t say that I have

it’s pointless to disagree

that’s not what I meant

looks can be deceiving

for now

not that I was aware of

give or take

I don’t always enjoy that

maybe another time

I guess it’ll do

don’t get me wrong

it was just a joke

don’t ask me

it’s up to you

things change

I’m really not sure

I can for now

don’t quote me on that

not always

I can’t put it into words

another time perhaps

you picked the wrong day

I never said that

if you say so

not this time

I could be wrong

new your water 2For Law 20 I have his a list poem – fragmented expressions that sound like agreements but that don’t commit fully. The sort of language used to spin facts or to evade confrontation & avoid explanations. ‘you could be right’ is a neat way of not saying ‘I disagree’ – it makes the sayer appear open minded without revealing what they actually think. ‘could’ is a great word for ambiguity, just like ‘might.’

zoowaterI often watch documentaries in which theories are proposed with terms like ‘it was possible’ or ‘most probably’ when in fact no one knows – ‘possible’ gives a theory a sense of fact when in fact it is a fantasy. It is possible aliens visited the earth because some hieroglyphics resemble what space helmets could look like. These ancient aliens brought the technology that probably made the pyramids possible. Yeah sure.

startford water‘it was just a joke’ is another of those noncommittal spins that allow the sayer to distance themselves from the content of what they said. They can blame the originator of the joke which they are merely repeating & at the same time shift responsibly to the hearer for not having a sense of humour. Of course ‘I never said that’ has been come standard for politicians even when shown footage of them saying exactly that it becomes the fault of the press not of themselves. Similar to ‘I’m sorry you found out,’ or ‘I’m sorry it hurt you’ as opposed to ‘I’m sorry I did that.’

Often this inability to be clear comes from a sense of people pleasing. It seems less hurtful to say ‘maybe’ than to say ‘no.’ On thing I learned in workshopping writing is that if someone says ‘this isn’t clear.’ or ‘I don’t understand what your getting at.’ It means the communication problem is the writer’s. ‘John seemed angry’ isn’t as clear as ‘John was angry.’ When some says ‘I might be there.’ they are saying no they won’t be there.

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