Wondering the number of words we utter each day, I searched the Internet. A study indicated that women average about 7,000 words each day and men, a mere 2,000. Maybe women average more because men don’t listen and we must repeat everything. Just kidding. Some men are just as talkative as women so one can glean what one wants from this sort of study.

I read a report recently where Bill Clinton spoke 40,000 words in one day during a presidential campaign. We all remember a speech that went on and on he made at a Democratic Convention. It was said that some attendees were no longer listening and were playing cards using one of the chairs as a table between them. When he said “in conclusion,” everyone applauded.

Since we are in the throes of a political campaign right now, I wondered how it would be if there were a finite number of words allotted to us at birth. Could we make it a rule that anyone running for office must tell us in 50 words or less why he or she is the best qualified?

Calvin Coolidge was famous for being a man of a few words. A woman seated next to him at a dinner once told him, “I bet someone I could get you to say more than two words to me during dinner.”

Silent Cal replied, “You lose.”

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