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Word Choices

Posted by Daisym on July 6, 2010, at 23:12:25

In reply to Re: differences in opinion)))Violette, posted by violette on July 5, 2010, at 20:27:08

I'd just like to chime in here that often messages are muddled or even completely misunderstood when unfortunate choices are made in the wording.

"Coddling" is often and usually used in a pejorative way.

Suggesting that something be done in an "adult" manner implies that it either hasn't been in the past or is unlikely to be without reminder in the present situation.

The reader is, of course, free to read into any post whatever tone they like. But word choice can influence this. I think this is where the difference of opinion becomes more than "just" a difference of opinion. The post could then possible take on a more critical or condescending tone than intended.

My two cents - for what it's worth.




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