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Words of Warning

By Gwen On March 5, 2021
2 minutes

We have so many words for different aspects of our lives: Soothing words, of regret, those of warning, and the list goes on. The reason that I have come to this post is because I needed some words of sympathy. Condolences really, as a co-worker lost someone close to them, and I am not very close to that co-worker. He is nice enough to me, but he can be a real bear if you get in his way.

There are plenty of ways I could have phrased the card but most of them were either: a) too personal (as if I were writing to a friend or relative) or b) too fake. So I decided to google some soothing words.

When I typed in: “words of,” the first suggestion was warning. This was followed with:

The reason behind the post is this; Do we really need so many words of warning? That seems to be a little extreme. Yes, I understand that this is a phrase we use. The phrase itself is the warning.

One would say: “A word of warning.” If, for example you begin spelling out the dangers then it is no longer a word. Thus you are stating a specific danger that needs to be addressed. I guess one could list them all, how many do we have after all? But then that seems counter productive since we have a general warning already usually followed up with a quick synopsis.

To conclude I find it interesting that we as a country are first and foremost interested in those words of warning.

About Gwen

Gwen is a long time resident of of Nevada, moving here from Milwaukee when she was only three years old. This life long relationship to the Silver State has taught her that there is only one thing you need in life to make you happy, that is, the sun breaking over the mountains at dawn.

She was raised Lutheran.