The Cure of the Mouth
Apparently it is associated ungraciously with the elderly. (I now hold a massive and snowballing fear.)
A loquacious person is long-winded, garrulous. Methinks the hearer feels such a person speaks far too much.
Popular topics of the loquacious are overseas trips, medical operations, others' misfortunes or war stories; all retold to the listener's continuing aural debilitation.
As always the Bible is 'ahead of the game' - below are three gems from King Solomon:
- When words are many sin is not absent, but he who holds his words is wise. ~ Proverbs 10:19
- A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. ~ Proverbs 20:19
- Do not be quick with your mouth ... so let your words be few ... many words mark the speech of a fool. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:2-3
The quality of the soul is reflected in the words spoken for:
The mouth is the mirror of the mind.
Listen long but speak short.
Today's Soul Snippet:
"Trials are the measuring of a man."~ Michael Cartwright
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