Sunday, July 23, 2006


I'm an extrovert. I like to talk.

But sometimes I think that I can go too long. I also think that others do the same.

I have a thick skin and am not easily offended, but I know that others aren't. People interpret things in ways that upset them, even when that was not the intention.

Enter "bonsai".

It's a stop word. What I'm suggesting is that this is a substitute for asking someone to stop. But because the recipient can interpret in a way that causes them no offence, then there's no miscommunication.

It's a benign word that can mean:
- we're off topic now, can you please stop
- I have other important things to do
- I'm not interested
- you're boring me and others
- that's very good information, but we need to keep moving

Or anything - it's up to the recipient to interpret it in any way that they want. This means that it's less likely to cause an issue. The point is that everyone knows what the purpose of the word is.

You could use any word that was sensible for you. It's just thought that bonsai was suitable...

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