Definitive Definitions, Defined Definitively

It’s tough to do in the modern context, but there has never been a more important time to be accurate in our speech.  When defining, we must use the correct terms-not the one that feels right, not the one that doesn’t hurt people’s feelings (and not the one that does hurt feelings, like many on social media seem to believe), and not the one that makes us puffed up because it has so many letters.  The correct word is the one that best conveys the meaning to a particular audience.  We ought always to speak with charity, but I don’t believe in charity when it’s false.

 

A definition that doesn’t define things definitively is definitely not worth anything.

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