Does this mean not saying a word anyone hears or not saying any words period? Because I'm sure I'd involuntarily say something when I stub my toe or stand up/sit down. Also I'd probably struggle not to tell my dog he's a good boy.
Right does talking to yourself count?
Does "say" include non-verbal speech? Cause otherwise this'd be pretty easy. I'd say "Show me the money!"
Yeah these hypos always leave out hugely important details.
Not being able to speak out loud vs. Not being able to communicate in any way is an enormous difference. If it's just the former, it's not even a question.
20 million dollars is "Rest of my life is a vacation" kind of money.
People have sworn an oath of silence for far less. Absolutely I would do it.
What would I say after? Probably my bank account number to the organizer of this.
EDIT: Like, invest 20 mil, get a measily under-market 5% return annually and we're talking $1,000,000 a year in interest for the rest of your life.
> Probably my bank account number to the organizer of this.
Considering you're going to be silent for a year, I'd demand a significant deposit first.
Edit: since this comment is getting some replies, [here's a serious comment about what to do](https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/n3yj7h/if_you_were_offered_20_million_dollars_to_not_say/gwu8z4k/).
Easiest money ever
I donno. Are you mic'd up and monitored?
Cause I'm going to stub a toe and curse the cabinet's first born nightstand.
I think I'd rather be the guy paid six figures to monitor some idiot for a year.
Yes and my first words would be "pay me bitches"
lol i would ask for payment before. imagine being mute for a year just to get nothing at the end
I think there was a Twilight Zone show about this.
Yep, though I think the prize was just $1 million (which of course was worth so much more back then). The gabby gentleman who took the bet >!cut his vocal chords, rendering him physically unable to speak for the rest of his life, all in order to win the bet.!<
True story, a friend went an entire year without speaking to one of his roommates, just because the other roommate said he couldn't.
After one year, the original friend said, "sup."
That’s a really great way to get your hyper-competitive roommate to finally stfu for a while.
Which word can’t I say?
Okay, so I’m not the only one. Thank you!
Is it just me, or have the dollar amounts in questions like this been getting less reasonable lately? I keep seeing "Would you [minor inconvenience] for [life-changing amount of money]" and "Would you [something that could kill you] for [large but not massive amount of money]".
Would I spend a year communicating via text in exchange for enough money to retire on? Obviously yes! What are your life circumstances like that make you think this is even a question?
Yeah like some people do this for free. [Insert you guys are getting paid meme]
Questions are like "Would you delete your Reddit account for $100m?"
“I’m rich biotch”
Damn, one day too early.
I've seen this Twilight Zone episode, I know how this twist works ...
But yeah I'd still do it.
This is a no brainer.
I took Sign Language in college. Wouldn’t mind brushing up, or having a pad and pen with me everywhere I go. Or ya know, texting.
“I need a drink” is probably the first thing I’d say
Can I talk to myself? Otherwise i'd lose with the first game I played.
I'm on the autism spectrum and was somewhat non-verbal for a while when younger. I say somewhat because I made up my own language if sounds. Then one day I just started talking normally as if I always had.
A while back I had a huge mental breakdown and turned into a hermit. I was non-verbal for at least six months of that, and struggled for a long time to be able to speak at all. For years there were some things that were really hard to verbalize at all.
I think this is one of the first of these sorts of challenges I would turn down.
I could do it pretty easily.
But I think I would undo way to much healing in the process.
Oh gosh I hadnt thought of this. Before therapy, I was very close to developing full on selective mutism due to similar circumstanced and anxiety, and I was going to say it would be easy and I would take this in a heartbeat, I hadnt considered that it might undo my progress as well and I might end up semi-permanantly mute because of it. Interesting point of view, thanks for sharing!
Well, there are a few questions that need answers;
1) Do I get the money upfront, or after?
2) Can I communicate in any way other than talking?
2b) If I can communicate in other ways, can I explain people why I can't talk?
If I get the money after the year, and I can't communicate in any way at all, I wouldn't do it. A situation might arise in which I simply cannot survive without communicating.
It might get me locked up in jail, or thrown in a mental ward.
If I get the money right now (or I just can't talk, but I can write/text/etc..) then sure, it wouldn't even be hard for me. I'm not a big talker, never feel the need to talk.
Even when the year is over I probably wouldn't even feel the need to say anything special.
I would say:
Which is the longest English word. And i really think it will take me a year to practice it in my head just to say it
According to Sam Kean in *The Disappearing Spoon.*
Yes, I would do it.
I would tell my wife I loved her.
Planning on running away with the money?
What's the word I can't say? Do I get to pick?
This but FUUUUUUUUUUUUCKKKK.
Yeah, of course I'd do it. My first words would be, "sorry, I accidentally muted my mic"
I'd do it, and the first thing I'd say would probably be a string of profanities
It's alot of money, but I wouldn't do it because I need to speak.
I bet you a load of ppl would not speak for a year for like 30k.
Well I'd be learning sign language faster.
Can I do it again?
"Double or nothing?"
I had laryngitis once for like 3 months, and nobody paid me shit.
I mean, if I could still use other forms of communication I'd totally do it. Spend that year with someone I really enjoy, and at the end of it if there's chemistry my first words would be "I love you" yes this is a great idea for a Romcom
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