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Published:March 13th, 2007 12:21 EST
A Few Words About Words

A Few Words About Words

By Terry Sumerlin (Mentor/Columnist)

Word choice, or how we put our words together, is a tricky thing and can often make a big difference in communication. I believe it was Daniel Boone who was asked if, during all his time in the woods, he was ever lost. He responded that he couldn’t recall ever being lost, but he did remember being confused for three days.

This story once came to mind when a customer got in the chair and said, “Just be sure to make me pretty." Although I didn’t tell him the Daniel Boone story, I did tell him about a certain cosmetologist who had just started cosmetology school and was very nervous. One of her first customers sat down in the chair and said, “Make me beautiful."

The cosmetologist nervously replied, “It will be hard, but I’ll try." Although the response had nothing to do with the lady’s appearance, the twist in meaning certainly got her attention.

Yes, the words we choose make a huge difference. If you don’t believe it, men, try telling your sweetheart her face would stop a clock. Though, in a manner of speaking, a stopped clock is time standing still YOU had better be moving when you tell her that. Her reaction to that comment would be quite different from her response to the complimentary statement that when you are with her time stands still.

BARBER-OSOPHY: Choose your words so that what say is what you mean.

From Barber-osophy - Shear Success for Your Cutting Edge, Copyright 1997, Terry L. Sumerlin

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