Body language … in words

The psychological guru Albert Mehrabian has argued that three elements count when determining whether we like someone who communicates with us: the words our interlocutor uses account for 7% of our response, their tone of voice 38%, and their body language 55%. For any form of written or textual communication, that creates a problem: inevitably, … Continue reading Body language … in words

Likely – or probably?

Spot the difference: • ‘The British will likely complain about how Americans use English’; • ‘It is likely that the British will complain about how Americans use English’. It’s certainly true that the British often whine about American usage, but it has to be conceded that the two sentences above are clearly different, grammatically speaking. … Continue reading Likely – or probably?