The Imprint of Words

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The Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary defines the word hate as; “to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward someone or something” (Dictionary.com). A more significant definition to the term hate would be, having a strong dislike towards someone or something, because of the race, actions, or accomplishments. Do words hurt? The perpetrator may say oh they are just words and I did not really mean it. However, once an individual allows hurtful words to escape from their mouth the damage has already been done, whether they meant to say it or not. The acid tongue burns, words are extremely potent and individuals tend to be careless when using them. Only taking note of the smiles and laughter they elicit, but disregarding the innumerable bruised, battered and wounds that words often leave in their wake. Words once spoken, cannot be taken back, the hurt they cause remains forever. Whoever conjured up the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”, must have never been a victim of verbal abuse or was impervious to emotion. A truer way of saying it would be, Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will utterly destroy me. This emphasizes that verbal criticism hurts more than physical pain because it makes others feel as if they are not valuable or as if they are not worthy of respect as their peers. With a broken arm the pain stops if a person takes something for it, but people cannot get up, go to their medicine cabinets, and consume Tylenol in hope to ease the pain that someone’s words have caused. Leonard Pitts Jr., author of the essay “Politically incorrect or just plain wrong?” states, “Language should let you say what you mean, but what if ... ... middle of paper ... ...alth and state of mind. There is no difference on the impact of emotional, physical, and mental abuse can affects a person’s life. Works Cited Mareck, Amy. “Quotes by Amy Mareck” 5 May. 2005 http://xxdailydreamxx.tripod.com/id20.html Naylor, Gloria. “Mommy, “What Does Nigger Mean?” The Norton Reader an Anthology Twelfth Edition, New York: W.W. Norton 2008. 510 Pitts, Leonard, Jr. “Politically incorrect or just plain wrong?” The Norton Reader an Anthology of Nonfiction, Twelfth Edition. New York: W.W. Norton 2008. 684-687 Rauch, Jonathan. “In The Defense of Prejudice” The Norton Reader an Anthology of Nonfiction, Twelfth Edition. New York: W.W. Norton 2008. 684-687 Thompson, Clecia. “Blacks hurt own people with ‘nigger’” Dailyorange.com 15 April. 2003 http://www.dailyorange.com/2.8654/blacks-hurt-own-people-with-8216-nigger-8217- 1.1249114
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