Does what you say and how you say it matter?

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You will be all aware of how language can make a difference in this global world. We get around with the language we were born with and others manage to speak several.

Some words translate and become common to your own language. The English language has borrowed many words from different countries. Although some people are unaware of this. For example the classic George Bush comment at the beginning of the Gulf War “The French don’t even have a word for entrepreneur “!

However some words that have changed for the good are now able to cause offense.  I remember when gay meant happy and then it was absorbed into common parlance for homosexual ,taking away the negativity of that word.

It gave people who had been alienated in some areas of society a sense of pride.guardian article

Now it seems to be changing again and in youth culture it means stupid or ugly.  This must be distressing for young ‘gay’ people to find that a word that was so positive now denigrates.

I know all language changes and morphs but is it time to be even more aware of just how the adage can be so wrong “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never harm me”

Because they can.

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