A visit to the dentist

So what does the dentist have to do with language? I recently visited one of the dental schools in the area. As I was waiting in the reception area a dentist came out in his suit with his mask partially covering his nose and mouth. He rushed out to say to another patient, “I will be with you in just a minute I have to finish with this patient first,” and then he beaconed to the woman sitting next to the woman and rushed off. He acknowledged her, but would taking a few minutes to take off that mask have improved the interaction?

Subtle changes in an interaction can give very different impressions.

Published by Kai Long

Kai currently lives in MA and is interested in collaborating with others to develop a deeper understanding of our speech and language needs.