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However, when spoken, it usually takes as long to say the letters as it does to say the words. When you say the letters only (WYSTLO), it distracts the listener long enough that he or she has to ask, "What does that mean?" (WDTM).
Say the word "passing" and it's like pushing a "play" button in the mind that flashes that heart-wrenching scene in the 1959 movie Imitation of Life: There's Sarah Jane, sobbing behind the hearse of the black mother who died of a heart broken by her vanilla-hued daughter's cruel choice to live a tragic white lie.
"Po!" Say the word [syllable, really] and let your subconscious know that you're in serious creative thinking mode, that you're going beyond the binary yes-no thinking that undergirds many mental limitations.
"A couple of years ago, we couldn't even say the word."
I'm not sure that it'll look in fifty or one hundred years like what we think of when we say the word today, but -- yes.
We never say the word desert nor does the sand pass through the fingers
We watched our girl Catriona Gray clasp hands with South Africa's Tamaryn Green and willed Steve Harvey to say the word the whole country was waiting to hear.
In the experiment, adults, four-year-olds, and two-year-olds said the word "bed" repeatedly while simultaneously hearing themselves say the word "bad."
Among his patients is Sue Williams, 37, of Dudley, West Midlands, who is so terrified of kneecaps she is too scared to even say the word.
I remember little frustrations, like asking my kindergarten teacher for scissors, but only being able to say the word in Russian.