When I was a little girl I learned that familiar saying “stick and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” Then I grew up and learned the power that words really had.
Words are like relationship baggage. They can lose their power over time — especially when they’re used enough — but they will always trigger the same subconscious response whenever somebody brings them up. They’re tricky little suckers whose psychological effects oftentimes sneak up on us when we don’t even know it.
There are lots of words we use nowadays that I hate — I’m still waiting for YOLO to die and awesome-sauce really gets under my skin — but one word in particular really makes me cringe: rant.
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