#atinylife wordsmatter

Words matter.

Bit of an obvious start for a writer, I know.

And sure, Biden isn’t a UK president elect, Nor is Harris our future vice-president. So why did I watch both of their acceptance speeches and cry?

I found the transcripts online – these aren’t off-the-cuff remarks, these are crafted works of oral history. And I thought if there is a word in these speeches, it’s there because it is deliberate, chosen. But I’m scrolling through and there was a word Biden used, over and over, that isn’t in the draft.

Folks.

Yeah, maybe it’s just how Biden talks. But it is one of the best ways to describe a group of people, because it doesn’t leave anyone out.

Words matter. The words you choose, matter.

They tell people who you include, and who you are happy to leave out.

One thought on “#atinylife wordsmatter

  1. Folks – it’s a word I find I’m using from aroudn lockdown lockdown, though I’m no American. In this digital, zooming, teaming world I hover in I am frequently talking to friends and nearly-friends, work colleagues and strangers in what feels quite an intimate “sapce’. Follow- up e mails and messages (various) to be addressed to all, so folks covers it.

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