|Rising tensions in the English Department|
Well it varies according to the person that you are arguing with. Should it be a child that you are having a contretemps with, the ideal is deviation tactics. For instance Lola Lupin who I mentioned before won't eat her dinner. So what I do is say, "yes it is rotten food, let us sing a song", making sure that the particular chanson has a few vowels in it that require her to open her mouth! During which I pop the spoon in and I have won the argument. However if it is an argument with a person that knows their subject, what I do is nod sagely and smile superciliosly, let them ramble on, and at the end I say "well I'm sorry, I think you're completely wrong", turn on my heels and leave. I ... [Episode 633 Just a Minute Season 50 2005-07-25]
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