October 10, 2003

Listen to What They Don't Say

Watch your candidates closely for Adam's Apple Jump this November.

Usage: The Adam's-apple-jump is an unconscious sign of emotional anxiety, embarrassment, or stress. At a business meeting, e.g., a listener's Adam's apple may inadvertently jump should he or she dislike or strongly disagree with a speaker's suggestion, perspective, or point of view.

U.S. politics: The Adam's apple gained it's 15 minutes of fame when former Vice President James Danforth Quayle's thyroid cartilage "jumped" in the 1988 vice-presidential debates, as he listened to his opponent, Lloyd Bentsen's pointed claim: "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy!"

From the Dictionary of Gestures, Signs and Body Language Cues

Posted by fred1st at October 10, 2003 04:42 AM | TrackBack

I would love to see the "Dictionary of Gestures, Signs and Body Language Cues" - where can I get a copy????

Posted by: Jenny at October 10, 2003 06:40 AM

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