Wednesday, May 06, 2009

No News Is Good News

My Dad had adages for just about everything and anything. When I was a youngster, back in the Stone Age, many of them puzzled me. I’d think “What did he mean by that?” But I did remember what he had said. And today I use many of the same wise sayings.

One of the most confusing was “No news is good news”. Did he mean that there was never any good news or that not hearing any news was a good thing? If I asked what he meant, I risked being called a bumpkin; therefore I usually didn’t question the meaning of his sagacious advice. Later I learned that he, in fact, meant the latter. Not hearing any news was in fact good news.

I have used this phrase (“No news is good news”) throughout my life. Sometimes I use the phrase as there is never any good news and at other times I use the phrase to denote that I haven’t heard any bad news. Like my Dad, I like to confuse people.

I spend two to three hours every day reading online Newspapers and Blogs. I try to get both the Liberal and Conservative viewpoints on any topic that I find of interest. That way, I can bias my opinion on any subject that I espouse.

Back in my High School days I was on the Debate Team. I learned how to take either side of an argument. There you are taught how to champion principles that you do not believe nor are an adherent of (never end a sentence with a preposition – supposedly improper grammar – but I do it all the time when I speak and my writings are just an extension of my speaking).

During the past two days there was no news that adversely affected me or my family; therefore “no news is good news”.

The Beach Bum

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Anonymous Richard Feder, Ft Lee said...

re: "... never end a sentence with a preposition ..." - Always had trouble with that one until one of my teachers advised us to use the following: Never end a sentence a preposition with.

Also reminded me of the only student in my junior high school English class that knew all 40 (or so) prepositions. Her first language was not English, but Japanese.

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