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Blessing | Communication | Curse | Edify | Gossip | Ideas | Language | Speech | Talk

TONGUE IS GOOD AND BAD The midrash tells a tale of Rabbi Shimon ben Bamliel who told his servant, Tabbai, to buy some good food. The servant returned with some tongue. Then the Rabbi asked Tabbai to purchase some bad food. Again, the servant returned with some tongue. When pressed for an explanation, the servant …

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Actions | Attitude | Listening | Speech | Talk | Understanding | Weakness

TALKING OR LISTENING For five years, the adult education department of Minneapolis Public Schools offered two courses in speech and one course in listening each term. The speech courses were always filled. The listening courses were never held because in the five years it was offered only two students wanted to take the course! Everyone …

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Appealing Talk | Communication | Conversation | Gossip | Ideas | Listening | Self | Talk

THINGS WE TALK ABOUT Let me tell you what people like to talk about: 1. THEMSELVES: They like to tell about what has happened to them, or what they’ve seen or done. Men talk about work, their ambitions, and such. Women talk about their home, diet, shopping, and kids. 2. THEIR OPINIONS: People are often …

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Appealing Talk | Futility | Gossip | Sin | Talk | Value | Values | Vice | Virtues

DAYTIME TALK SHOWS Daytime talk shows, where pedophiles, Nazis, and husband-batterers roam free, may have social repercussions costlier than the entertainment value. The parade of deviants who hop from Oprah to Phil to Sally are corrupting our sense of normalcy, argues Vicki Abt, Ph.D., a Penn State social psychologist who scrutinized 60 episodes each of …

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