Blurt: (v) to say something suddenly and without careful consideration.
Children are dangerous because they tell the truth. (Well, at least as much truth as they know.)
You may be at a dinner party, and in front of all your guests, your eight-year-old son will describe the discoloration of your underwear.
They come right out with it and speak what they’ve seen and heard.
We have to teach them to be good liars. It doesn’t come naturally.
Matter of fact, the first time we ask them to exaggerate or avoid sharing a secret, they are suspicious and question us. We sheepishly explain that in some cases, it’s necessary to give half-truths so as not to hurt people’s feelings or keep the family’s business in the family house.
Adults don’t blurt.
For instance, if a politician blurts, it makes the news. We find it refreshing–and stupid at the same time. I’m sure when you saw the word “blurt” you immediately thought something negative instead of positive.
We live a life of cautious calculation, carefully considering our choices–without contemplating candor.
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