More than words – Catherine Jones, The Observer

We rely on just 400 function words for half our daily speech Photograph: Guardian

The language we use, and even the sound of our own voice reveals much more about us than we may think. Catherine Jones explains in an article in The Observer.

It had been a typically robust exchange one Prime Minister’s Question Time last December. All was going well for Gordon Brown until he tripped up. “And we not only saved the world, er, saved the banks …”

But it was too late; the Commons had already erupted at this revealing slip. He secretly thinks he really has saved the world, everyone concluded. Anything Brown said next would be forgotten.

Sigmund Freud believed that some slips of the tongue are caused by the subconscious mind: a consciously repressed thought or belief that is unconsciously released.  Read the full article….


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