Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Deborah Tannen

Her friend explained that her family had taught her it was rude to ask about anything personal. If people want to tell you, they’ll volunteer. Not asking was her way of being a considerate friend.

-Deborah Tannen is a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. This essay is adapted from her forthcoming book, "You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships."