Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Word Is BREEZY

This series is inspired by the "Words From
Unity" public service announcements
that ran on television (particularly in
Kansas City) in the 1970's and 80's.
Strunk and White's The Elements Of Style contains a caution for serious writers: "Do not affect a breezy manner." They urge you not to "confuse spontaneity with genius" by putting down whatever happens to come from your head. "The volume of writing is enormous, these days," they said, back in the days before Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

Even if you leave out the written word, we know breezy people who simply talk too much about too many things and say too little -- but we enjoy it. As long as we don't have to pay by the word, who cares? Depending on the person, breezy can either make you the guy who keeps everybody's spirits up or "annoying cubicle guy," that office drone who drones on about every... single... thing. That's not breezy; that's a foghorn.

For those of us too polite to tell said creatures to put a sock in it, there's always earbuds connected to a smartphone.

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