“Conversation is a two-way street” is a popular adage. A conversation is not a lecture or monologue with just one person talking.
“Remember that good conversation is a two-way street, so don;t hog the road” was printed in the Des Moines (IA) Sunday Register on November 18, 1951, in the column “Your Marriage” by Samuel G. and Esther B. Kling. “Conversation is a two-way street” often comes up in a marriage context. It is possible that the Klings (syndicated newspaper columnists) popularized the saying.
18 November 1951, Des Moines (IA) Sunday Register, “Your Marriage” by Samuel G. and Esther B. Kling, pg. 8-W, col. 1:
Remember that good conversation is a two-way street, so don;t hog the road.
6 March 1952, Whitewright (TX) Sun, “High School Reflector,” pg. 7, col. 3:
First of all, watch the “I’s” in your speech.Remember, good conversation is a two-way street. You’re not conducting a monologue; you’e trying to exchange ideas with someone.
22 July 1953, The Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN), “As I See It” by George Wolever, pg. 20, col. 6:
Conversation is a two-way street, and “the only way to get something across to someone who won’t listen is to listen to him.”
9 December 1954, Vancouver (BC) Sun, “Your Marriage” by Samuel G. Kling, pg. 15, col. 2:
Don’t monopolize the conversation. Remember that good conversation is a two-way street, so don’t hog the road.
June 1955, Woman’s Day (New York, NY), “I Was Married to a Popular Man” by Henrietta Ripperger, pg. 70:
But though it’s understandable for those of us who live alone to go on talking jag in public, we need to remember that conversation is a two-way street.
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