Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “least-favorite word.” Use your least-favorite word in your post. If you can’t decide on one, use a word that just really bugs you. Enjoy!
Linda’s prompt excited me and set me thinking. I could not think of any word that I did not like. Words by themselves are neither good nor bad. They represent an action or a thought. The latter make words good or bad. Kindness, hope, humility have positive energy in them. Words like rape, exploit, cheating, injustice leave a feeling of anger or sadness in us. They leave a bitter taste in the mouth.
Hate is my least favourite word. I never use it. I would have used it long back. When we are young most of us think in extremes but our thinking changes as we grow older. Hating something or someone is such a waste of emotion. If we hate someone, we are in their power. They control our feelings and emotions. I do not like that.
I often wonder about the history of words. Long back there were only spoken words. And before that there would have been only sounds. It would be a fascinating journey if we could go back in time to see how words came into being. It is difficult to imagine a world without words😊. Why go back into the distant past, when I do not remember when the marks in a book became letters and words for me 😊.
Coming back to the prompt, I do not like words such as differently-abled or special people or mentally challenged for people with disabilities. Such words have been coined by so called normal people to make themselves feel more comfortable with the disabled. They are just better sounding words and nothing else. Words of regret like ‘If only…’ are very sad. We take a decision believing it to be the right one at that time. We know whether the decision we had taken was right or wrong only much later. Many a time it is too late to go back.
To end on a positive note I would like to close with these words by Rabindranath Tagore, ‘Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.’