When used with an otherwise strong statement, we can be EASILY fooled into thinking something is TRUE when it’s all a story.
I should write out lists of these. Manipulative language slips in under our radar too easily.
it’s wise to be cautious and listen. Some words “guide you” towards a conclusion without one even seeing it coming.
Always? Perhaps. (notice the effect just there? I toned down the strength of the “always” with the perhaps).
In some ways, it seems that communication isn’t always a benign task of imparting information from one to another, but rather (apparently) is used as a tool to lead one towards a particular designed way of thought.
I have to watch myself: I have convinced people with my opinion when all I wanted was a discussion. Words are powerful.
I love everybody’s responses here!
I love using these words. But they have a strange power of easing someone into accepting.things that sound absolute otherwise.
Always and never, granted, are worse, for what *is* “always” and “never”? Not a whole lot that I can think of.
I guess for me it’s “use and misuse” of language in convincing people of things.
I typically do what you do as well. I like all the words on my list of “danger words”. I use them all of the time.
I like to qualify my statements, staying open-ended, moving away from absolutes unless necessary for some reason.
But consider how powerful that is?
If you want to convince somebody that you are correct, a “soft-touch” is more powerful than a hard blow.
It reminds me of the expression, “Speak softly but carry a big stick”.
When I say “danger”, I don’t mean that they’re dangerous to _use_ per se. What i mean is that one ought to watch out for them when _others_ use them, because they have a very strong convincing power in their subtlety.
i can’t shoot a rifle straight. I avoid confrontation and learned to talk convincingly for times I was in confrontation situations. Still, I’ve thrown a punch or two when necessary and solid, but I’m not a fan.