By J. L. Salter
I’ve often used this series of Nattering Ninja vignettes to highlight the differences between males and females — how we think, feel, act, process information, and communicate. Here’s another example of that difference.
Lessons in Emergency Communication
Sometimes, providing a more specific word is NOT better than using a general term. For example:
As we were leaving the church parking lot (July, 2012), my wife suddenly exclaimed, “Bug!”
Often that term suggests something should be swatted or shooed away.
This, however, was accompanied by Denise’s swat to my right forearm, as though a treacherous bug were attacking that spot. That, of course, caused me to look toward my new arm injury. “Where?” I asked.
“Bug!” she repeated and this time pointed to the left of our truck’s front bumper (as we eased out of the parking lot).
Speeding toward us (in the lane I was entering) was a shiny VW Beetle.
I barely stopped, just in time … and then gave her the ‘look’.
With no hesitation (and before I could sputter), she added, “Maybe I should have said, CAR!”
Yes, Hon. ‘Car‘ would have given me all the info I needed.