Monday, April 10, 2006
I think the laughers think that laughing in that self-deprecating way makes them sound innocent and carefree or perhaps charming. Try stupid.
The woman this morning laughed at the end of every spoken sentence. Her colleague, a man, did not laugh with her. She did not take this as a hint that nothing was funny. When he got off the train, she was quiet (hooray!) and started reading The Sun. Says it all really.
YOU: Excuse me, there seems to be a problem with your voice.
YOU: You're breathing.
HER: That's not a problem.
YOU: It is from where I'm sitting. Here, let me tie a knot in your neck!
Hmmm. Maybe we should audition for the next series of "Grumpy Old Men"?