Over the last 10 or so years, it inevitably comes up in a discussion about politics, society, etc. that words really do matter- that they have a very significant weight and intention behind them. Words are not frivolous things, especially so when used by professionals who spend the majority of their day communicating.

But I’ve had a really tough time illustrating that point, so to speak. And then I was reading an interesting analysis and one of the authors noted that they like to use this turn of phrase on their students. “Try thinking without words for 5 minutes and let me know how that goes.”

I think I’ll use that next time.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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