The Meaning of Words

Words used to mean something.

“Literally” used to mean that something was to be taken quite seriously and without hyperbole. Now, it means the same as “a lot” in many people’s vocabulary.

“I love you” used to mean something strong and committed, maybe even eternal. Now, it describes the feeling of the hour.

“Ironic” used to mean the opposite of what you were said. Now, a lot of people use it interchangeably with “coincidental.”

To be sure, language evolves and the meanings of words change with context.

But I hope you’re beginning to understand the impact of words. Words matter.

Try to not misuse them too severely. If you do this, you will set yourself apart in so many ways.

Words are wonderful and beautiful tools. It’s a shame that out of ignorance we so often abuse them.

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” -C. S. Lewis