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  •  There's a thin line (2+ / 0-)
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    allergywoman, SilentBrook

    between attacking what someone said, and attacking the person saying it. You stepped on that line, if you didn't actually cross it, when you wrote:

    You saw something stupid and lying on FaceBook? And it surprised you?
    I don't know how you intended these words. But I think it's a pretty good bet that many readers, quite possibly most readers, read this as a thinly-disguised insult. By asking, essentially rhetorically, "And it surprised you?" you can convey pretty much the same semantic content as if you were calling the diarist naive, only not quite as directly.

    Calling the diarist naive is kind of dickish, imho. If that's not what you meant to imply, you can try restating it, and maybe even apologize. It's your call.

    Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

    by Nowhere Man on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 11:19:49 AM PDT

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