You have been given the task of making an important speech. You want to impress everyone with your speech.
What do you do?
Simple! Impress them with words! Right?
Ummm.... Not always.
Take for instance a commonly used word, offend:
A simple google search for the meaning would give us this:
The meaning allows us to make sentences such as these:
• My boss offended me yesterday.
• I offended my friend yesterday.
However, if you look up a thesaurus, you can easily come-up with several synonyms. The most obvious thing would be to replace the word offend with one of the words that has been listed as a synonym.
Replacing offend with violate we would get the following sentences:
• My boss violated me yesterday.
• I violated my friend yesterday.
In both these sentences, violate translates to rape. This is something that would give the sentences a whole different meaning.
That is why, always remember what Epicetus said:
First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
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