A woman vigorously scrubbing clothes on a “jukin” board. She stops and bellows a sarcastic remark clearly directed at someone but indirectly made and understood by all. This is how “throwing words” can be summed up and was practiced “behind the bridge” where I grew up. Never had I considered that this practice would be elevated to the highest office of our country.
What would motivate the President to engage in such a practice? Who was he referring to in his statement about “rumshop logic”? Does he expect a response in like manner?
My expectation is for the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to use his office to exhibit exemplary behaviour. If he has a problem with anyone about anything, he has the power to summon that person and have a conversation. But to engage in “throwing words” is to bring the office to an unacceptable level and to abandon a fundamental tenet of communication. “Direct communication is the most effective form of communication”.