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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Oh Yeah?


Underneath her words of praise, that voice dripping honey, lies a sharp and bitter tongue. Assuming I had the nerve to withstand its bite, absorb the venom, my best is esprit de l’escalier.


33 words for.  including 3 of these: topple; paradigm; underneath; nerve; honey; loop

38 comments:

  1. so many lies on so many honeyed tongues! :) Well done.

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    1. Honey just seems to beckon the tongues, lips, mouths...
      Thank you, Barbara!

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  2. I worked with a woman one time who I knew to be careful around. However, when she turned on the charm, it was hard to not do what she wanted.

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    1. I'm careful around all the women I work with. Some men too though.
      Thanks for reading, Ann!

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  3. Sometimes, but not often, I have the perfect comeback. Most of the time I think, "Darn it! ...would have been so much more clever." And I AM wary of charming, and well spoken, people. Great post!

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    1. I never have the perfect comeback. My title it my most used comeback. Sad.
      Thank you, Gina!

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  4. Kinda reminds me of myself in secondary school, the seniors (i.e those in Senior Secondary err...read Education in Nigeria on Wikipedia) used to say I was politely rude - Hey, you're trying not to get punished, you get creative...
    Now, I'm mostly laid-back, with the occasional venom...

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    1. Glad to hear the venom is only occasional. Hehe. Thanks for reading, Adaobi!

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  5. We kind of had the same idea.... lies ... Happens a lot in real life... Diane

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    1. This one doesn't lie so much as just speak her venemous mind, haha.
      Thanks for reading, Diane!

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  6. I like the way you have pumped in so many contrasting things in one little piece. Great job Kymm :)

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    1. It's not hard when your life is so many contrasting things, haha.
      Thank you so much, September!

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  7. It's all about practicing beforehand. :-) Thanks for linking up with this. I love the images.

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    1. I'm reading Aristotle, so that is the only basis upon which I will accept practice!
      Thank you for the love, Tri!

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  8. Honey voices invites deceit...

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    1. Don't they always. Thanks for reading, Björn!

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  9. Nicely done! I love "esprit de l'escalier", and your "oh Yeah?"
    All too often my best comeback leaps into my head as I am walking away!

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    1. That. And sometimes they never come!
      Thanks, Joanne!

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  10. Honey usually makes the venom taste sweet, but it is still poison. Well done!

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    1. And there's that cloying aftertaste...
      Thank you, Tina!

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  11. This happens to me all the time. Thanks for introducing me to a new French phrase for it!

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    1. I think the only people who do have those quick retorts are fictional characters written by those who, like us, thought of it a day later.
      Thanks for reading, Christi!

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  12. Ah yes, I think I know this woman (was she recently on a pedestal?)! Love your title and I love "esprit de l’escalier" — awesome!

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    1. Well, I do believe that may well have been her! Hahaha
      Thanks for the love, Suzanne!

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  13. Best response I've read so far. Love it.

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    1. Well my goodness. Thank you kindly, Grandmalin!

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  14. That's how these liars & cheats hide themselves!They practice it to perfection till most of us are drawn in like bees to honey and then comes the sting-ouch!What a beautifully written piece Kymm & so true:-)

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    1. When there is no honey, you know to stay away.
      Thank you so much, Atreyee!

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  15. I love the word play going on here. Nicely done.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for the love, Barbara!

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  16. Very cool response to the prompt, Kymm! I'm also glad that there is an equally cool French expression for the same thing that happens to me when I encounter a venomous person! Great job with this prompt, and I hope you had a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you kindly, Valerie.
      And I had a rainy Monday holiday up at the "farm" pulling weeds... fun!
      Hope you had a good one, too!

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  17. Honey doesn't seem to make those lies any easier to take. Great piece!

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    1. No, honey is for the bees. Thanks, Draug!

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  18. These are the most dangerous kind of people. We don't know we've been had until it's too late.

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    1. And they never seem to falter!!!
      Thanks for reading, Janna!

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