Was having coffee (actually a "Fantasy Island" - coconut, pineapple and orange - smoothie) with my cousin, Jane, yesterday. Every time she caught herself saying "because" she stopped, turned around, and said what she was wanting to say a different word. Then she did the same thing with the word "try." Finally, she explained.
"Try, Hard and Because are 'communication allies.' They impede clarity and create excuses instead of stating 'what is.'"
I'm going to
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