Do You Condone Irascible and Voluble People?

When we went Jeeping in Moab over the Memorial Day Week-end, we camped in a campground.  The camp spots were exceedingly close to each other.  It was really hard not to hear what other people were saying or doing.  The campers right next to us seemed to be very irascible!

Irascible (i-ras-uh-buhl) is an adjective that means easily angered or very irritable.  Those two people seemed to be easily angered and irritable with each other.  They spoke sharp and said unkind words to each other.  Our children (who are not used to hearing people speak to each other like that) were quite surprised.  They wondered how those people could stand to be together because they seemed to be so irritated with each other all the time.

I’ve noticed that when people are very tired, they have a hard time NOT being irascible.  They are irritable or easily angered.  Sometimes elderly people are irascible when they are around young noisy children.  When people are under a lot of stress, it is easy for them to be irascible with co-workers.

When people are irascible, sometimes they are also voluble.  Voluble (vol-yuh-buhl) is an adjective that means talkative, characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words.  Our next-door campers were voluble in a negative way.  Their flow of words was unkind and was said in a mean tone of voice.  Teenage girls are voluble.  Sometimes it seems that they NEVER stop talking.

Voluble can also mean fluent or glib.  Salesmen are voluble – or glib and fluent in their speaking when they try to persuade customers to make purchases.  Talk show hosts and politicians are glib with their speech. Sometimes drunk people are voluble (having a ready flow of speech).  Depending on the situation and depending on who is being voluble, others may condone the voluble person.

Condone (kuhn-dohn) is a verb that means to disregard or overlook, to pardon or forgive.  If the elderly person is a beloved grandparent, their voluble outbursts are more easily condoned (pardoned or forgiven) than if the person wasn’t a family member.  We condoned our camping neighbors by just disregarding how they were speaking.  We didn’t pay any attention to them.  Teenage girls’ volubility is condoned (overlooked) at times because . . . well . . . that’s jut the way teenage girls are!

Depending on the situation, condoning a voluble and irascible person is the best thing that you can do!


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