Communication: the dismissal “Get lost.”

Self-tutoring about communication then and now: the tutor reflects.

Back in the 70s, “Get lost” was oft-heard. It dismissed its target, meaning “go away, I don’t care about that, I don’t want to listen to you, etc”. It wasn’t diplomatic – or was it?

I didn’t hear it for decades, until maybe a couple of years back, when I heard a man who looked in his 60s, and a hippie, saying it to another man. It was summertime; they were standing by a parking lot.

I was so shocked to hear “Get lost” after so many years, I did a double-take. The men were too far away to notice me. He who’d been told to “Get lost” apparently did so.

Back in the 70s, nobody seemed to anticipate political correctness. Today, “Get lost” could reanimate, in my opinion, for two reasons:

  1. It’s non-judgmental.
  2. It’s not personal.

Could “Get lost” make a comeback?

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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