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By  Sotto Voce, R.N.

PERSONAL FEELINGS: For a little sadistic fun, therapists at the Institute for the Linguistically Impaired redundantly say personally, I feel… just to irritate each other.

However, some poor souls have no charm; it’s personal charm. No opinions, only personal opinions. No friends, only personal friends, whom they introduce as a personal friend of mine. And their feelings are always personal feelings.

This is both redundant and cheap. They sound like the cliché of show business people that Billy Crystal used to imitate: “I love this guy; I have deep personal feelings for him, he looks mahvelous, and he’s a dear personal friend of mine.”


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