“Words have meanings, my friend.”
Such were the words dear ol’ Paddy Fitzwilliam uttered as we walked the grounds on his estate recently near the stinkin’ pond.
“Words have meanings, Friend, and if ye do not understand, let me explain. When I was a youngster, no higher than a faerie standing on a toadstool, my other friend of longstanding always promised to visit on his way to Skibbereen. On this road he would travel was the very same path I lived upon. He never stopped, but kept on a-travellin’ that long road. These were the days I would make special trips to visit him in his wee village over the many years now. The years passed, and one day I said feck him, my so-called friend is no friend. He be the kind that just talks to hear himself talk and mostly likely believes I am stupid and addle-brained enough to believe his vapid words. Thus, be it known that I have little faith in people, and the only one I can count on is meself. Take heart and hold these words close, for ye will find many a-people such as my former friend.”
And thus, I held ol’ Paddy Fitzwilliams’ words close to my heart, and to this day I do not believe people’s words until I see them put into action.
This brings me to another point.
These days, even in the days of old, words become fads – overused words that quickly become meaningless and nothing more than noise in the world.
There was a time, when I was young, that the word “conceited” was one such fad.
“Becky in biology class is so conceited. She thinks she’s better than anyone.” “Jim is a conceited jock. He thinks he rules the football game.”
Nowadays, people banter about the word, “narcissist.” Oh, everyone is a narcissist these days. Did you know that? The ex-spouses, the ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend, the boss, the weird neighbor on the corner. Everyone is a psychologist or a psychiatrist and handing out free analyses.
Then there is the word “sustainability” and derivatives thereof. “I take the wind train into work, because I’m all into sustainability.” “It’s impossible to be sustainable when working in our current global climate.” “My lifestyle is exponentially sustainable during global warming.” And then there is this doozy I found in a news article: “The injury was not sustainable with life,” [the fire chief] reported.
It has come to the undeniable fact that people do not use words in the proper way, that is, they throw those words around in their conversations without any understanding of their meanings or correct usage.
It’s maddening, yet hilarious in a way, too, to hear people use big words with such irresponsible abandon.
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Excerpt from my upcoming book, “A Hopeful World” and “Aren’t They Just –!” ©2023