Long overdue, I present to you a brand-new speaking and communication focused podcast: CommDao Speak Easy.
In each episode, there’ll be a sample conversation in the opening dialogue, enacted by yours truly. Maybe an occasional guest appearance here and there. Then, a dissection of the key phrases used in the dialogue. After that the Faux Pas of the day, and your advanced communication tip.
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Here are the show notes:
Bobby: Yo, Frank! Get a load of this guy. What’s he wearing there?Frank: Oh, Bobby, observant as ever, aren’t we? I do believe those garments are known as “jorts”.Bobby: You sure they ain’t capris? I got a lady friend who likes to rock a brown pair, but I think they look even better on the ground– if you know what I mean.Frank: Bobby, have you no shame?
~ to get a load of: (verb)
to bring to attention, to get someone to check something out
Example: Get a load of all these people here! = Check out (Look) at all the people here!
- Note: this version of “check” means “look”, not review or study. For instance, you could not say “I’m going to get a load of my notes when I get home.”
~ to rock~ : (verb)
to wear (confidently)
Example: Nobody can rock jorts. = Nobody can wear jorts (confidently and/or look good in them).
- Note: you can also “rock” different clothing styles, hairstyles, and make-up
- Note: the origins of this verb does, indeed, come from rock music; rock musicians had the ability to excite a crowd (i.e. rock a crowd)
~ If you know what I mean: (tag question)
a phrase you can tack on to the end of any sentence to imply sexual innuendo
Example: I’m pretty good with my hands– if you know what I mean. = I am quite adept at using my hands in a sexual manner.
- Note: the modern day equivalent is “That’s what she said“
Have you no shame? (response)
You should be ashamed of yourself.
Example: You didn’t wear pants to work. Have you no shame? = You should be ashamed of yourself for not wearing pants to work.
- Note: similar to using “never have I ever” for “I have never”, “have you no shame” is an inversion of “you have no shame”
- Note: can be used aggressively if your tone is right
Oh, Faux Pas
Do not use “lady friend” to refer to your girlfriend, fiancee, or spouse.
Advanced Communication Tip
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