When people speak without truly conversing, we say that they're talking at cross-purposes. It's such an odd term; especially when our intention doesn't usually involve trying to make anyone angry. Quite the opposite. We're doing everything we can to be amenable. Most miscommunication happens when we focus so hard on being polite that, without realising, we manage to give the opposite impression. Somewhere in your world, an assumption needs to be critiqued and set right today.
15 Aug 1990