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Words still matter

Posted on: June 9, 2021

Today my reflection revisits an old theme: Say what you mean, mean what you say. It is a reaction to several things — and there are too many to list — that I have read, watched, or listened to.

The words we produce matter because they

  • reveal who we are
  • can be misinterpreted
  • foment action

If we are not careful, even the best intent can result in the worst execution. This applies to anything from a political speech to a curriculum planning document. 

And yet I still meet people who do not care for the craft of writing and speaking simply, clearly, and accurately. I do what I can to correct this mindset, but I push against years of schooling and work that has entrenched bad habits and attitudes.

Words matter. If we do not choose them wisely, they will be our undoing.

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