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Communicating without words

“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”   – Mark Twain

Words. Words are overused. Words are disposable. Words should be banned.

Words can be spoken, but are not always understood. Sometimes we struggle to find the right words, while at others those around us complete our sentences.

Words provide a common operating picture. The alphabet is our programming language, our minds the open source operating system. 

Actions may provide effect, but no matter the medium – the quill, the telephone, email or Twitter – meaning travels in words.

If as Mark Twain once alluded, fewer words produced more meaningful prose, then no words would force us to think even harder about what we wanted to say. Imagine communicating without words.

What would you say?

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