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Why bother saying, "I'll be brief"

Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:31 pm

People often start a speech by saying, "Ill be brief."

Problem is:

1) They rarely ARE brief
2) By saying, "I'll be brief," they are adding time to their speech.

If you are going to be brief, let the brevity speak for itself!
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Re: Why bother saying, "I'll be brief"

Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:45 pm

I'll be brief:
It helps identify the true nature of the speaker's character.
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Re: Why bother saying, "I'll be brief"

Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:47 pm

I'll be boxers.
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Re: Why bother saying, "I'll be brief"

Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:40 pm

zrs70 wrote:
People often start a speech by saying, "Ill be brief."

Problem is:

1) They rarely ARE brief
2) By saying, "I'll be brief," they are adding time to their speech.

If you are going to be brief, let the brevity speak for itself!

If you are going to be like that, then start by defining "brief".

Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" ran to 256 pages. Is that brief enough? Or does that depend on your definition of time?
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Re: Why bother saying, "I'll be brief"

Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:06 pm

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
zrs70 wrote:
People often start a speech by saying, "Ill be brief."

Problem is:

1) They rarely ARE brief
2) By saying, "I'll be brief," they are adding time to their speech.

If you are going to be brief, let the brevity speak for itself!

If you are going to be like that, then start by defining "brief".

Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" ran to 256 pages. Is that brief enough? Or does that depend on your definition of time?
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13+ billion years of history put down to a weekend read seems pretty brief to me!
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Re: Why bother saying, "I'll be brief"

Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:00 am

If a speech is likely to be noticeably shorter than others, noting your relative brevity sets expectations and means people will focus on content over volume
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Re: Why bother saying, "I'll be brief"

Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:31 am

Brief enough to win the Jet-Ski?
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Re: Why bother saying, "I'll be brief"

Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:08 am

It’s kind of like saying “BELIEVE ME” before lying ...
 
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Re: Why bother saying, "I'll be brief"

Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:09 am

I think it means " I could write a 12 page rant on this because I have strong and complicated opinions on the subject, but instead I'll write this five paragraph essay"

Really, I would say the reason for the usage of the phrase in these cases probably has to do with the multiple related definitions of the word "brief". http://www.dictionary.com/browse/brief. I don't think it's meant to mean " short in duration" in this case but meant to be curt or concise .
 
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Re: Why bother saying, "I'll be brief"

Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:35 am

i always assumed those who choose to say " I'll be brief, did so because they were afraid people would start walking out.

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