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Fri Apr 17, 2015, 03:29 PM

3. What I have noticed among relatively unsophisticated people...


It is quite common for highly intelligent and educated people to carefully choose their words, and to pause while mentally constructing phrases, in order to speak in full grammatic sentences. That sort of speech is common among professorial types.

What I have found to be the case among people who have not had a lot of exposure to that sort of thing is that since they wouldn't know a complete sentence if it bit them in the ass (viz. the popularity of Sarah Palin as a "great speaker" is that they perceive this type of speech as "stammering".

What they normally expect in extemporaneous elocution is an uninterrupted flow of sound which, while not making much sense overall, contains phrases that appeal to them.

Accordingly, among such people, the fact that Palin can just rattle off nonstop nonsense is a speaking style which, to them, suggests confidence and knowledge. By contrast, they find a more knowledgeable and careful speaker to be halting, uncertain, and less intelligent.

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