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15 June, 2005

I knew you were going to say that

I believe in telepathy.  Or rather, some means of non-verbal communication whereby one knows precisely what someone will say, a fraction of a second before he/she speaks, and which one subconsciously mirrors.

An example: I've just bought a rail ticket, and at the end of the transaction, the staff member and I said "Cheers" simultaneously.
I never say 'cheers'. It just isn't in my spoken vocabulary, and it wouldn't even occur to me to use the word.  So why did I?

Comments

I had a similar experience one summer in Pemrokeshire. I was out walking the coastal path when I crossed with an elderly couple coming the other way. For some reason, I decided to greet them by saying "G'day". It's not a phrase I ever use but, at the time, it just seemed like the right thing to say.

In any case, they responded with a "G'day" of their own and we each went on our way. A few moments later, the man came puffing up the path after for me. "I'm sorry", he said "I hope you don't mind me asking. How did you know my wife and I were from New Zealand?"

Erm, I didn't.

Posted by George Junior at June 15, 2005 06:18 PM
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