The story of how to read tweets without saying the word ‘breathe’ was told to me on my first day of high school, as I typed my first tweet.
It was a story about a girl who, after she had finished a speech in the library, began to wonder if she should continue reading.
She wanted to know what to do next, but the fact that she had said her speech, and was now reading it aloud, sent her over the edge.
The problem was that, by the time she finished the piece, she had missed a few important points and had left a lot of them out.
‘She was in shock,’ said the woman, who wished to remain anonymous.
‘I couldn’t believe it, but I said to myself, ‘She is having a breakdown.’
The next morning, she woke up and found that her speech had been taken out of context and that she’d had an accident.
She said she thought she’d made a mistake.
‘When you hear someone who is being emotional saying ‘I feel sorry for you,’ it’s because they feel like they are in trouble.
If I’d said, ‘You are being emotional because you have made a bad choice,’ she wouldn’t have felt like that.’
It wasn’t an accident, the girl said.
‘It’s just the way it happens,’ she told me.
‘If you are not a little bit careful, then you can end up like this.’
I had to ask: ‘Why are you saying that?’
‘Because you are in distress,’ the woman said.
I said I thought the word was ‘breath’ and it wasn’t.
‘No, it is not,’ she said.
The way the words were read, I had trouble believing it was a mistake and the girl’s emotional reaction was a sign that something was wrong.
But even when it came down to the facts, I could not comprehend how someone could miss an important part of her speech.
I asked, ‘Why did you miss the words?’
‘I just didn’t get it.
It’s just not right.’
But how did a person who had made a terrible choice miss the parts of their speech that she wanted to hear?
‘You should not be surprised if people miss certain parts of speech,’ the man said.
People who are being upset are in a state of shock, he explained.
When you say something, you’re saying, ‘Please, don’t say this.’
If you don’t, people will think you’re crazy, or they will think it’s a mistake, or maybe it’s just that you don’t know how to say something.
When people miss an aspect of speech, it’s called a ‘deliberate misinterpretation’, or an ‘overstatement’.
‘People will take something and overstate it,’ the father said.
They will say, ‘I was so angry I was crying.’
The problem is, if you say, “I was angry that someone said that,” people can take that and say, no, that was an overstatement.
It might be a mistake if you said, “Oh, you said that.”
But people can say, oh, you did not say that, which is a deliberate misinterpretation.
‘You might not know what is right or wrong.
You don’t know if it’s right or not.
But if you make a mistake,’ he explained, ‘you have the ability to say, I made a horrible mistake.
It happened to me.’
I asked if he thought it was important for someone to know exactly what he meant, and he told me that if he could make a bad mistake in one situation, then he would not be able to make a similar mistake in another.
But he also said, in that situation, ‘If someone were to say that he did it to me, he’d be in trouble.’
The man had been reading aloud from his speech when he was asked to finish it and the teacher noticed that he was looking at his wrist.
He told the teacher that he felt bad, so the teacher said, you need to read your speech again.
The teacher was in disbelief.
She asked, what is wrong with you?
He told her that the words ‘I’m angry that’ had been overused, so she had to read the words one more time.
The word ‘I’ was being used instead of ‘I’.
She asked again, what do you mean by ‘I’?
He said, I mean I. But then she pointed to his wrist and said, where are you?’
He said he was going to put it in a box and never touch it again.
I thought that was a very poor interpretation.
The woman said that she understood why people would not like to hear people who are upset, but it was still a big deal.
‘People have an incredible capacity to miss important things,’ she explained.
‘Some of them will have a very hard time understanding the context, so it’s