Say What You Mean

Say What You Mean

So as my friends and I talked over lunch today the subject of ‘language’ came up.

We briefly discussed how the constant use of slang shows how limited ones’ vocabulary really is… but what was more interesting was noticing how we’re always using negative defining words to describe each other.

Think about it! [Insert light bulb HERE]

When one of you’re close friends says something off the wall what is the FIRST thing you say?More than likely you’re going to respond by describing them in one of these ways:

1. “You’re so crazy [ insane, mad, unsound, erratic]!”

2. “You’re stupid [acting in an unintelligent or careless manner, senseless]!”

3. “You’re dumb [not having the capability to process data, unable to speak]!”

4. “You’re silly [a lack of common sense or sound judgment, helpless, weak]!”

5. “You’re a mess [a disordered, untidy, offensive, or unpleasant state or condition]!’

While we may mean well, we are clearly NOT speaking well. So I decided to start using positive words to describe my friends… even when they’re being a little quirky.

Here are some of the replacement words I’m going to be using from now on:

1. special [distinguished by some unusual quality]

2. exceptional [unusual, uncommon]

3. extraordinary [going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary]

4. ridiculous [literally, laughable]

5. hilarious [extremely amusing]

What are some of the negative words you’ve been saying? What are some of the more positive words you now plan on substituting them with?


Denyce Nikole



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