While reading the essay “Muddle in a Puddle,” some very colorful images came to
the times I have embarrassed myself by sticking my foot in my mouth, or by making a fool
of myself by playing with a strange toy in the toy department, only to my surprise,
everyone in the toy department was laughing at me. As Robert Herrick mentions in his
in this quote, “…and any one could could have spoken out as one human might speak to
another….not one had said that.” (156)
Yet another piece really spoke to me about the ways people communicate on a
daily basis. “I led the Pigeons to the Flag” was very exact to the feelings I have of
miscommunications and mishearings. I can remember times in which I have done the
very same things that were mentioned in this essay, like singing a tune over and over out
“Cannonball” was actually “Panama.” The way we hear and say things is also very
influential in the way others hold us in their standings. If someone catches us slipping up,
they might think we are weird, or stupid. It could also be a good ice-breaker for a good
they were going. I said “they’re killing me!” Immediately I realized that I had said the
as Baker had also mentioned. What was I to say to recover from this terrible thing.
Change the subject? Repeat the phrase replacing killing with another mourning-friendly
areas of the country. Thats where we get to the misccommunications and mishearings.
As discussed by Safire, the most important pledge in the United States, the Pledge
of Allegiance, is probably the most misunderstood and miscommunicated pledge known to
right on along, not even caring if they’re right or not. Americans are just plain sloppy and
These two pieces,’I led the Peigeons to the Flag,” and “A Muddle in a Puddle” are
both tightly coorelated, yet both are different in some ways. “Muddle” focuses on the
ways people communicate, or for that matter, lack of communication between people.
the saying goes, “What’s their’s is their’s, and what’s your’s is their’s.” Of course noone
will speak up when something is wrong. Noone cares about anyone else. The “Peigeons”
essay focuses on the different ways people mishear things in every day living. this could
be very dangerous in some circumstances. Some types of language could be taken as
racial slurrs, and that could be a big problem if not handled properly. It could also mean
death for the unsuspecting individual. These are some of the differences between these
It is totally up to us the way in which we us language. There are always ways to
improve the ways in which we communicate, whether publically or on a more private
level. If used properly, it could benefit the user for eternity, if not, it could be suddenly
cut short by the people that take offense to it.