It is no secret that I love words. I like to articulate my responses in a way that is concise without being too verbose, but I do like to phrase my answers in a meaningful way – especially if I am replying to a significantly valuable question. I want people to know I have truly ingested the words they have spoken and taken the time to formulate a well-constructed response.
But there are those less wordy than I, those who choose to avoid the commitment of a lengthy answer and spare any unwarranted emotion by responding with a simple, one-word comment. While that single word may convey the necessary feedback to the initial query, sometimes the person posing the question is left thinking that the responder cannot be bothered to take the time to formulate a proper retort.
Upon chatting with a friend, he told his tale of how he had fallen victim to the easy out of a one-word answer. He had received a rather detailed text and he simply wrote back “Sure”. After I had admonished him for his complete avoidance of all other words in the English language, we both had a good laugh.
He was incensed by his own lack of effort and every time he repeated the word ‘sure’, we laughed even more. After we had expelled all the laughter we could, obviously at his expense, he thought it would make a great idea for a blog post and asked if I would be able to write about it. I said the only thing I could think of – “sure”.