Precision of Language

When you are speaking everything you say means something. We all use slang and jargon to express ourselves daily. Some slang you hear out and about and you think that is cool but in reality it isn’t, its hurtful or insulting. I learned this lesson today by using a word that I had no idea had a different sort of connotation by some friends who are people of color. Precision of language is important and choosing words carefully matters. I felt kind of stupid and insensitive. However I learned something and hopefully I won’t repeat the same mistakes again.

If I ever say anything offensive to you please let me know. There are a lot of people here from around the world and there will be a time when any one of us will use language that could be offensive to someone. It’s important to inform and to forgive. We need more grace in situations where we unintentionally offend a friend.

You may think this sounds like political correctness, it’s not, it’s just being a good neighbor who wants to get along and to exercise human kindness.

Author: Tony Burgess

Hi there, my name is Tony Burgess from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I am a believer, bleeding-heart, idealist and blogger. My life is about my wife Laura of 18 years. We have a dog named Cody. I have worked in customer service and relations. Currently I work for Blood Assurance a regional blood bank contacting donors to donate blood. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1994, Hiwassee College in 1992 and Red Bank High School in 1988. Spiritually I am a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. My interests are blogging (duh), media, computers, cooking, sports, entertainment, culture and religion. Thank you for connecting with me. Grace, peace and love!

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