Then I like to respond literally.

I think we have a similar dry wit.
I understand sarcasm, idiom, figure of speech. I respond to those things on their own terms (as intended) unless someone has a negative intention for it. Then I like to respond literally. Drives them nuts and usually loosens them up a little so they’re a little more “human” and less sarcastic.

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Same here. I like a variety of styles and don’t believe there’s necessarily a best way (certainly not a ‘one best way’ or ‘only way’)… but I think, generally, speaking with clarity and accuracy is worth a few extra words in order to attempt to ensure proper reception of the message.

Just look at what happens when people play the “imply” game.

“You’re implying this!” “You intended that!” “What are you really trying to say here?” And I find that a lot of hot air that’s unnecessary, imo. Good for killing time and getting latent aggressions out I suppose.

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and I do mean hot air. People sweat more when engaged in vagueness, their core temperature rises, making the air in their lungs hotter, and both heating up the surrounding air.

This leads to global warming.

This means: The true causation of global warming is likely to be hot heads speaking with hot air, mostly thanks to the invention of the Internet and forums in which heated exchanges take place. Literally.*

* the message was intended to be humorous but constructed in such a way that it could be scientifically plausible; a potentially viable alternative to current alternative explanations for global warming, thereby making it relevant not only to this little forum but to the entire planet earth. Think global, act local.

 

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