Say what you mean, mean what you say….
What does that mean?
Communicating; we all do it, and we all feel we are quite good at it. We communicate every day, in many ways. We love phrases, one liners, colloquialisms. We say unusual and strange things to each other and funnily enough, we understand what meaning is behind such strange sayings.
For example, ‘I will yeah’ is normally taken to mean no…;’raining cats and dogs’ is a perfectly understandable thing to say to signify heavy rain – I am still waiting to see a feline or canine shaped rain drop! ‘I’d murder a cuppa’ is another favourite…and no, I have never met – or known – anyone accused of such a crime!
Pause for a moment and think of the various phrases you use during your working day…..how much of what you say has a clear meaning? And just as importantly, how much of what you say has not? For example, I remember asking a service once to ‘grab a chair’; when I returned to the room, he was standing behind the chair holding the back of it; while my intention had been for him to sit down, the choice of phrase was taken at it’s literal meaning and he ‘grabbed’ the chair! Lesson learned!
So it is fair to say (no pun intended!) that we can be ambiguous in a lot of what we say. And that is fine, as long as you do do not have a cognitive disability which may result in you processing information differently. A person with a cognitive disability may either not understand the phrase or take the literal meaning from it; either way, the person is not privy to the intended meaning and as such they are excluded from the joke/conversation.
And although many of our phrases are funny, if they result in excluding or isolating an individual, the humour quickly dissipates.
And there is nothing funny about exclusion.