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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Choose Your Words Carefully

Today was filled with reminders that how we phrase things is extremely important.

It started with the significant backlash I've seen against Rev. Lowery's racial remarks at the end his benediction during the inauguration.

Then I saw a fun example of how meaning changes when you move a word within a sentence.

After that, I read my dad's post about CHEC banning Sonlight from their convention.

And finally I had to respond to a person on my blog whom I had unintentionally offended. In fact, over the past week, I've been told by a couple people that a few of my word choices were potentially offensive or easily misinterpreted. Sometimes I fix those errors, and sometimes I leave them and plan to apologize if someone is bothered.

The two quick reminders from this that I am still learning:

1. Be careful how you phrase things.
2. Be ready to apologize when you are misunderstood.

That's what I've been thinking about today. I hope I am growing in this area as well.

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

4 comments:

Kim & Dave said...

Boy.....I know what you mean! I needed this reminder today! Thanks, Luke!

Mrs. C said...

Blogged and linked. Hugs.

http://homeschoolnetc.blogspot.com/2009/01/teaching-about-jesus-all-day.html

Mrs. C said...

Hey, wow. Now you have Spunky going. :]

Luke said...

Kim, I ran into yet another example of where my words weren't well taken and I need to apologize. So, I guess I need the reminder again myself <laughing>.

Mrs. C, I'll be by tomorrow to read that post <smile>. Thanks for your contribution. And I'll check out Spunky's comments tomorrow too. Fun stuff!

~Luke


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