Minding Language (Part Two)

So put bluntly, I’ve always been a “consequences” kind of guy in the “actions have consequences” sense. I never saw this as a negative, per se, just a fact of life to be aware of, but let’s be honest. Can you think of one instance when the word “consequences” made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

If you can, good for you, but I can’t. Now that I’m thinking about it, the image the word brings up for me is someone angrily snarling, “CONSEQUENCES!” Now if that’s the meaning you’re trying to convey, then “consequences” is the correct word. Personally though, when I’m speaking in a more neutral sense, I’ve decided to use the word “results” from now on.

I’ve already found that this has the same essential meaning and also stresses me out less.


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