Words I Realized: Narence

Narence [nahr-uh’ns], n – a sentence spoken to break up an awkward silence

I can only stand for so long in close proximity to a person and not say anything.  The problem is when I really have nothing to say.  Yes, we’re both by the coffee machine, and yes, I know who you are, but I have nothing whatsoever to offer at this juncture.  You may be perfectly content in this unpleasant situation; however, I am not.  So, I’ll throw out a narence.  Maybe I’ll say, “It’s a bit chilly in here,” or perhaps I’ll even use a “Man, I’m tired.”  One thing’s for certain – I’m gonna say something, and it’s definitely not gonna add any value.

Having mistaken Larry’s innocent narence for a come-on, Regina reported him to the head of the company for sexual harassment, and Larry (although sincerely just bullshitting about whether or not it was hot in the office) was subsequently fired, which resulted in him being out of work for seven years, being unable to pay for his son Zander’s college education, and Zander’s downward spiral into meth addiction.  All because of that innocent narence.  

Wait, narence?? I don’t get it… Can you explain?


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