Say what you mean

This brilliant dialogue is from The Imitation Game.

  • What's that you're reading?
    • It's about cryptography.
  • Like secret messages?
    • Not secret. That's the brilliant part. Messages that anyone can see, but no one knows what they mean unless you have the key.
  • How's that different from talking?
    • Talking?
  • When people talk to each other, they never say what they mean. They say something else, and you're expected to just know what they mean. Only I never do. So, how's that different?

I'm all for just saying what you mean instead of beating around the bush.