Misinterpretations and AssumptionsApril 30, 2008 at 10:30 AM | Posted in Musings | Leave a comment
Most people have this impression of me being sharp-tongued and testy, which in fact I’m not. And it’s not because of the way I behave towards them. Hell, I’m pretty nice by nature. But it’s mainly because of the way I speak. Sometimes I speak with a hard tone that others misconstrued as being “angry.” But in truth, that is just how I and most of my family speak — with a tone that sounds angry but not really.
And because of this, there are times when I get misinterpreted by others, especially by new acquaintances. A simple, well-meaning statement I make among friends and colleagues would already sound offensive to some. I don’t mean to be rude or anything like that; it’s just that others find my frankness and tone of voice as offensive. So sometimes I still have to explain myself further to be understood correctly.
People close to me are already used to the way I speak so for them, the things I say don’t mean that I’m being argumentative or testy. In fact, they just laugh off some of the things I say and regard them as part of being typically me.