8 comments on “What’s In A Word…

  1. You have passionately and explicitly articulated something I have felt about “friend” for a long time. And I agree that Facebook, and the internet in general, has muddied the concept even more. I have “FB friends”, “work friends”, “friend friends”- somehow that becomes the distinction, rather than finding that specific and accurate noun or descriptor that defines the relationship more precisely/clearly/poetically.

  2. So many words get overused that their meaning, or in some cases shock value, gets watered down. Showing my age here, but I remember when certain words were never heard on television. Oh my, how that has changed. Words set us apart from other species. Words have power, but who gives them that power?

    • We give and take away their power. Arjeha, you are also likely familiar with George Carlin’s classic routine on seven dirty words you can’t use on TV. If not Google it. A lot of the then banned words are now used without second thought. Thanks!

  3. And when has a doughnut ever left you angry, upset, or in need of an aspirin? Hmmph. I thought not. That, my friend, is love.


    • Granted, never from any Doughnut Plant, but there have been a few donuts in my life from various places that have done one or more, or all of the above, plus a lovely dose or two of Pepto-Bismol to boot. That, my friend, is minor food poisoning.
      Love ya 😉

  4. Not only Facebook, etc, but also business indulges in linguistic inflation. When is the last time you saw a real estate ad for a “house” rather than a “home”?

    • I understand this as a selling point. Buying a house is the purchase of the construct – granted a specific type of construct, but just the shell nonetheless. Buying a home how you will live your life in that construct. I think of it less as linguistic inflation and more linguistic conflation. When purchased it will be someone’s home. I also see it used in the selling of condos, as condos have much of the same ownership status as one who buys a house. Interestingly, many apartment dwellers often use linguistic inflation when saying things such as “Come by my house”.

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