Accept Compliments, the Boss Way

Giving and receiving  compliments is not just a socio-linguistic grace but also a communication skill indicator. It forges bonds, demolishes communication barriers, is the quickest ice breaker and is a sure shot way of improving ones’ positive self worth. Janet Holmes (1988, 1995) qualifies it such, ‘A compliment is a speech act which explicitly or implicitly attributes credit to someone other than the speaker, usually the person addressed, for some ‘good’ (possession, characteristic, skill etc.) which is positively valued by the speaker and the hearer.’ A definite win-win for both the speaker and the listener. Who me? Wait, though, while Continue Reading

Sassy Millennial Slangs, Is this the way to communicate?

Language as I type, you read and we speak- is changing! A work in progress, it sure is, metamorphosing, into something, you and I may not be so familiar with. Here we are talking about ‘millennial speak’. Linguistic futurists foresee this as a continuum.  Sure, this language is far removed from ‘standard’ English but, that too is one form of English language, spoken globally. Millennial lingo is more functional, less focussed on form and may be concise. My interest in it is academic as well as borne out of curiosity. Yours could be what you choose it to be. But Continue Reading