The Big Middle MuddlePublished: Jun 3rd, 2020 01:30 pm
Today my thoughts took off on a tangent and kept me
thinking about many things at once. Many a tangent to be precise. So, to bring
back focus I thought it prudent to understand tangent – literally.
Use of Tangent in speech and what does it
In Literary terms tangent means
subjecttalkingSo, when one digresses from the subject and keeps moving
away one is taking the conversation”off-tangent”
Geometrically speaking the tangent just touches the curved
surface on just one point and does not touch or extend to intersect the curved
Sometimes the topic under discussion has many tangents
(distractions or perspectives)
And at times the subject alignment of the speaker is
If you are wondering what’s happening in a meeting and
are struck by the various discordant notes that make no meaning nor sound coherent
then the meeting is “off-tangent” for sure.
In life, it is important to know the possible tangents
that can steer you off course or lead you in a directionless or dimensionless frame.
Stay on course