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But when they say 'but'

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By John Pawlak

I had a great aunt who would never disagree with anyone about anything at anytime. 

If you said you were in favor of raising taxes on red headed Rastafarians, she’d be all for it. 

If you thought the government should outlaw whale hunting in Arizona, she’d support the idea with gusto.

Got a beef with vegetarians? Think flip-flops should be outlawed in Mongolia? 

My aunt would nod her head in agreement, repeat your statement, nod again and then she would pause. I could always see it coming.

She’d tilt her head a bit, grimace ever so slightly, and then say in a prolonged drawled out almost painful sounding — “Buuuuut.”

With the utterance of that single word, you would then be forced to sustain an onslaught of reasons why what you just said was totally absolutely unequivocally wrong.

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

“But.” It’s a simple word that essentially means, “Despite nodding yes for the past 20 minutes, the truth is that I never did agree with you and now I have to throttle you with Paleolithic logic and disjoint rhetoric.”

My aunt was a master of word butting. Of course, we’re all guilty of using the B-word now and then.


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