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Post a comment at the bottom of the entries whenever you want. Agree or disagree with the posts any way that gives an example of what you would say. This site is devoted to understanding everyday persuasive talk. How do we ask for what we want? What do we say when we are trying to get our way with something? Which words do we use when we really want something? When does politeness achieve desired results?

Examples are given across common persuasivetalk strategies:

(1) blunt talk, (2) direct request, (3) give a reason, (4) be polite, and (5) seek partnership.

From these examples, and examples you bring, we can share an understanding of the often delicate balance between persuasiveness and politeness.

- Poppenhusen


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Please pass the biscuits, Pappy . . . and my miranda rights

For me, growing up in a small family where mom took care of everything at the table, I cannot believe that a young boy would need a persuasivetalk strategy to commandeer a dinner biscuit. This concept was popularized by W. Lee (Pappy) O’Daniel, who used"Please pass the biscuits, Pappy" as a successful campaign during run for Governor of Texas in 1938. His Texas homilies, radio broadcasts, hillbilly music and affinity for rural Texas propelled him into the governor’s office for two terms. He also handed Lyndon B. Johnson his only election defeat in Texas during a special election for the U.S. Senate.

Today, June 1, 2010, the US Supreme Court has ruled that you will need to plead for your Miranda rights as well.

Please officer, I want to remain silent !

WASHINGTON (June 1, 2010) — The US Supreme Court ruled that suspects must explicitly tell a police officer they want to be silent to invoke Miranda protections during criminal interrogations. A right to remain silent and a right to a lawyer are the first of the Miranda rights warnings, which police recite to suspects during arrests and interrogations. But the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision ruled that suspects must tell police they are going to remain silent to stop an interrogation, just as they must tell police that they want a lawyer.

The ruling comes from a case where a suspect, Van Chester Thompkins, remained mostly silent for a lengthy police interrogation before implicating himself in a Michigan murder. He appealed his conviction, saying that he invoked his Miranda right to remain silent by remaining silent. But Justice Anthony Kennedy said that wasn't enough. "Thompkins did not say that he wanted to remain silent or that he did not want to talk to police," Kennedy said. "Had he made either of these simple, unambiguous statements, he would have invoked his 'right to cut off questioning.' Here he did neither, so he did not invoke his right to remain silent."

So if you want to know how persuasivetalk and biscuits, and miranda righta are connected, listen to this Spike Jones diddy from 1942,  Pass the biscuits Mirandy.