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Grunt Away. We'll Understand.


A 2016 study by McGill University found that it takes only a tenth of second for someone else to understand the intent behind a meh, ugh or uh-uh-ah-ah.

Words, it turns out, are less effective on their own, as we mentioned in the video above. Sounds, on the other hand, pack a communication wallop of information.

The McGill study is yet another example of how paralanguage — everything from the sounds we make to the gestures and facial expressions we form — contributes to truly understanding one another.

Perhaps this is why we lose focus when our fellow humans speak in paragraphs longer than three sentences.  

Also a reminder that we can probably get away with grunts and shoulder shrugging on those low-energy days when words are just too much to form. 



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