10/24/18 Grif.Net – Synonyms

10/24/18 Grif.Net – Synonyms

In 1998 when teaching at a college, a young lady =
who was writing a paper for my class came to me asked, "Dr Bob, =
what’s the difference between to annoy, anger and =


I =
replied, "It is mostly a matter of degree. Let me show you what I =


With =
that, I went to the telephone and dialed a number at random. To the man =
who answered the phone, I said, "Hello, is Melvin =


The =
man answered, "There is no one living here named Melvin. Why don’t =
you learn to look up numbers before you dial =


"See," I shared with the young lady. =
"That man was not a bit happy with our call. He was probably very =
busy with something and we ANNOYED him. Now =


I =
dialed the number again. "Hello, is Melvin there?" I =


"Now look here!" came the heated reply. =
"You just called this number and I told you that there is no Melvin =
here! You’ve got a lot of nerve calling again!" The receiver =
slammed down hard.


Turning to the student I said, "You see, that =
was ANGER, plain and simple."


"Now I’ll show you what EXASPERATE =


I =
dialed the same number, and when a violent voice roared, =
"Hello!" I calmly said, "Hello, this is Melvin. Have =
there been any calls for me?"


[adapted from “Teaching CAN be =



Dr Bob Griffin = =

"Jesus Knows Me, This I =