May 19th, 2020

Quote of the day

“I’m trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across—not to just depict life—or criticize it—but to actually make it alive. So that when you have read something by me you actually experience the thing. You can’t do this without putting in the bad and the ugly as well as what is beautiful. Because if it is all beautiful you can’t believe in it. Things aren’t that way.”
Ernest Hemingway

Boilerplate language

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
a way of writing or thinking that is not special and does not show any imagination...

I don't think it calumnious to adopt this headline nor my chosen interpretation.

If it is, you'll tell me, right!

Here's the thing. 

Why is it we insist on soft-peddling the same words, with the same meaning as everyone else? Or worse still (and I've been guilty of this at times), quoting the same writers on the same subjects?

Yesterday, on Twitter, I took aim at a Tweet about the use and/or adoption of the word 'resilience' as some super-human, transformative power (I realise it's Mental Health Week in case you're wondering!). What did I do? I went to the root of the word by going on a little etymological sojourn. Yes, I could see how the word had got deformed to the point where it was being held aloft as the new elixir of our mental health but that wasn't, to my mind, its proper interpretation. 

If you think I'm being a pedant, then I'm guilty as charged. But this isn't a case of splitting hairs. No, this is the artificial or uninformed use of language to support something that, supposedly, is transformative of our lives. Perhaps I'm overstating things, but what's wrong with expecting people and/or companies to know the meaning of things if they're going to invite such a hyperbolic overstatement?

My point is?

Language is everything.
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