As a writer, I know just how profound words can be. And as a writer who lives in Savannah, GA, just blocks from The Lady and Sons, I know Paula Deen said America's no-no word. If you've been following the news, you've probably already seen that, during a deposition, Deen admitted to using the n-word in the past.
To me, words don't hold power unless we give them power. But we've already given this word in particular so much power that it's too late to turn back now. We can't fix it, change it, or give it a new meaning, so it's time to strike the n-word from the dictionary and move on. And really, that goes for other words, too. Like the f-word for gay people and the b-word for women. I guess the point is that if it sounds derogatory, it probably is.
So, let's all make a promise to choose our words carefully, as they can land like a butterfly-- or a bullet-- on someone else's ears.
Until next time,
Peace, love, and words of kindness