This week’s wondrous word definition is so prevalent you would think it needs no introduction. However, it is not an oft-used word to describe the venom of social media … in my opinion, it’s too gentle. Not enough vitriol.
INVEIGH (in vāʹ) vi. – to make a violent verbal attack; talk or write bitterly. [WW #106]
Sadly, the apparent need to inveigh in every aspect of our lives these days, far outstrips our childhood adage of “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Well … Social Media shredded that mental security blanket.
Twitter, Facebook, even the news—real and fake—is full of quotes by inveighers (noun). We have become a society of miscreants ignoring the worth of those old adages that artfully explain the unwritten rules of heretofore (mostly) civil society.
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One doesn’t need to inveigh while making a statement. Have you noticed that those who prove points rather than their rude disposition, get further with their agendas?
We would all benefit if more people hearkened back to another old saw, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.”
As I typed the previous sentence, a dilemma waiting for my action is resolved. Apparently, I should take my own advice. I’ll accept your words of condolence for what will certainly be a bloody tongue—as I bite it to prevent becoming an inveigher in a reactive, self-protective situation. It isn’t worth my time or strain.
Want to know how this can help you live longer? Less stress, angst, and anger, keep your blood pressure down and your heart beating—in the right place.
I for one, am tired of so-called “news,” Social Media, and individual comments that should be informative and entertaining; we are instead, allowing it (as a whole) to promote bullies, whiners, and haters—as it urges us to become them. Do you agree?
With that … I’ll leave you to it.
Word Challenge: INVEIGH. Have you chosen your words carefully lately? If not, do you know … or care … who is hurt by them? Be gentle as you fit inveigh into your week of temperate writings.
Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)
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