Wednesday, April 11, 2012
J is for Just
Just a minute, just hang on, just wait. What does that mean? We use those expressions all the time. Am I supposed to time you for a minute? What am I hanging on to? What am I supposed to wait for? I think we take language for granted.
Is the "just a minute" said in frustration or to gain time to finish whatever you are doing? Is there a good reason for making the other person wait?
When you say "just hang on" is it because you are trying to save someone? Is it said in annoyance? What is the other person supposed to hang onto? Are they hanging on to a tree limb so as not to fall?
Then there is "just wait" usually said in the early stages of anger or frustration. Just wait until dinner is ready. Just wait until your father gets home. Or just wait until Mom finds out.
Sometimes you need to think about what you say to others and how it's perceived.