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Response to Wednesday Writing Prompt

This in response to oneoveralpha ’s Wednesday writing prompt .

His introductory post is here .

Today’s prompt: words

As writers, we are aware of the power of words. We are told time and again to choose words with care. At times it seems that even people who were born and raised in North America, whose native language is English, are not speaking the same language when they talk to each other.

Bakers and florists who object to same sex marriages refuse to “participate” in marriage ceremonies turning away the business of marrying couples. Often, they see “being forced” to provide such services to people whose "lifestyles they don’t approve of" as an infringement on their religious liberties. The argument is locked into a matter of semantics.

More recently, the call to remove the various forms of the Confederate-related flags from the several state flags has been reduced to a catchphrase “heritage or hate?” As with most catchphrases, it’s a gross oversimplification of the issues involved. But it has power because it’s easy to remember. That it is an example of a false dichotomy is secondary.

So… words are powerful things.

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suzzy3 wrote on July 2, 2015, 4:22 PM

The pen has always been mightyer then the sword.

msiduri wrote on July 2, 2015, 7:25 PM

Yes, words can do harm, though as well as good.

CalmGemini wrote on July 3, 2015, 1:27 PM

Words are powerful indeed but have to use them with care. “Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.”
― Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls

seren3 wrote on July 3, 2015, 8:23 PM

msiduri Words are indeed powerful. It's a pity that they can be misrepresented in intention of meaning or "spun" via the media. Laws and ideas of a country are important. Things can get spun out of control!

msiduri wrote on July 5, 2015, 7:46 AM

Sad, but true. If used with care, they can, like eggs, start new life or, be served for breakfast. emoticon :smile:

msiduri wrote on July 5, 2015, 7:48 AM

Yes. Or they can be used to calm people into submission. Tell them what they want.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 6, 2015, 5:18 AM

Words can bring joy, happiness, satisfaction and they can hurt, deflate and harm. The meaning behind what one person is saying can be twisted to mean something totally different in the eyes of someone else. That old say "we all hear what we want to hear" , is very true.

msiduri wrote on July 6, 2015, 10:01 AM

Yes. All too true.

arthurchappell wrote on July 8, 2015, 10:35 AM

yes, words hammer home a message and despite the claim that name-calling never hurts, some words used as insults and accusations can have lasting and even tragic consequences

msiduri wrote on July 9, 2015, 7:55 PM

And it's amplified now with internet as opposed to when we were kids.