Tip #654: Words Matter

On January 17, 2017, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #654: Words Matter

“There is no sin except stupidity.”  Oscar Wilde

There has been considerable discussion in the news lately regarding words- what was said, what wasn’t said, what was meant, how it was interpreted, if harm was intended, if defensiveness was justified, etc.

This is not a new occurrence, and has probably existed from the time that language was developed and used.

Here is an exploration of how the choice of words can make a great difference in the meaning and resulting impact of a communication.

Frederick Lewis Donaldson identified what he considered “The Seven Social Sins” during a sermon he gave in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925:

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
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