RETORT: to reply to, usually in a sharp or retaliatory way


There are techniques in most things.  Including arguments. Learning to argue without resorting to physical acts is one of them. Listening to each other is another. Maintaining a respectful distance helps. Avoiding dredging up incidents from long ago prevents defensiveness. Agreeing to disagree is a good conclusion. Having a healthy argument is possible.   For some […]

REJOINDER: a sharp response to a comment


There are other definitions for this word, rejoinder.  They mostly have legal meanings, as in contracts and depositions.  But the most common use of the word is the one I have chosen, which has to do with conversations which are on the verge of becoming arguments. A rejoinder is a sharp or critical comment which […]