You love them.
You use them.
You inadvertently offend with them.
Words have meaning when truth offends speak truth anyway!
You use words that mean exactly what you mean to say. You’re not good at the whole politically correct walk-on-egg-shells and don’t offend at all costs thing. Truth offends. You speak it anyway. You’re Forthright, honest, intense?
You use language to say what you mean, oops.
Some find it irritating.
- word lover
- intense language
Oddly enough, here are some words that were deemed inappropriate for use, each word was used in it’s exact, dictionary context. And really, this is where you draw a line, – yes, a kinder, gentler, less abrasive you
Are there ‘nicer’ ways to refer to the meaning of these words, so as not to hurt and offend? A way to help veracity not be so irksome?
Let’s try! A way to speak the
Gossip is Vexing
Oh vey, here is a full blog post about this insidious practice that permeates not just our culture as a whole, but specifically Christian and Hebrew Roots cultures alike. It’s ugly. It’s wrong. But, okay, let’s see if some effort is put into making the language less abrasive -.
You could use the words “tittle-tattle, scandal, muckraker, whisperer, hearsay, scuttlebutt”….hmm if you want to stay calm and kind, but need to confront gossip, “gossip” may be the least offensive word available! Contrarily, if the subject is spreading rumors or telling tales, gossip is about as gentle as possible. Consequently, if the use of the word gossip displeases others, perhaps the cause is internal. Honesty can be vexing,
The words Shun and Shunning give offense
Being a fan of Amish literature – such as Beverly Lewis writes, I’ve often jokingly longed for a ‘Messianic Amish” fellowship! Little did I know I was soon to be the recipient of one of the most shocking Amish practices. Being shunned. But, here we go again, this is offensive to those who have chosen to shun us. Guilty consciences are easily affronted by the
Call for a boycott on a boycott
But, sure, we could say as a group, they chose to withdraw from our company or fellowship. We could say they refused to participate or cooperate with us in any fashion. That they have washed their hands of the offending party, snubbed, shunned, or turned one’s backs.
Manipulative is I
Yikes, this is truly the less offensive choice for describing someone who is being disingenuous in their speech – especially when making untrue accusations.
Alternatively, scheming, calculating, cunning, crafty, wily, shrewd, devious, slick, unscrupulous are your other choices…