Essay about The Power of Words

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The power words have is oftentimes underestimated and as a result the world people live in is drastically altered. Words have been used since the invention and implementation of language to stir and move people. From dictators to liberators and revolutionaries words have been used to make points and give visuals to ideals of particular groups. When an African-American person is referred to as a “negro” or a white person is referred to as a “cracker” those words may be imbedded in the minds of younger people who overhear them. Children learn from the actions of adults and those older than themselves. While sometimes words such as “cracker” and “negro” may be typical friendly slang to a friend, many who may hear these words spoken may not …show more content…
As the child matures if he or she pays no consequence in public or at home for the derogatory term being used, inevitably the child will continue to use the words he or she began using as a child into adulthood. People react to others based upon the words a person uses. People oftentimes get an impression from their first conversation with another person. People make a judgment deciding whether a person is intelligent or not based upon chosen words. If a person uses a lot of vocabulary in the way they speak that person be considered intelligent, if a person were to use a great deal of slang and simple sentences with basic vocabulary that person will be considered unintelligent. It is the same principle of dehumanization Robin Tolmach Lakoff (2009) uses in her essay The Power of Words in Wartime when she writes “Soldiers, and those who remain at home, learn to call their enemies by names that make them seem not quite human ¬¬¬¬ — inferior, contemptible, and not like “’us.’”” (p.363) Many people consider those less intelligent than themselves to be inferior to them. Oppositely a person may consider themselves inferior in the presence of someone who is seemingly more intelligent. Words can bring about strong feelings of inferiority, superiority, sadness, and happiness. What emotions words bring about in a particular person is based on how that person interprets them. The human mind is very complex and it is difficult to always take care when

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