Malicious, malevolent, myopic. No? How about mordant, misconstrue, malefactor? I am muddling around ‘m’ words today, after my friend Laura gave me a suggestion for my three words project.
Honestly, I never considered the adjective mordant to be a complimentary one. While I, like pretty much everyone else I know, can be a bit sarcastic at times, mordant seems to me to describe an almost bitter, heavily sarcastic tone that I mostly try to avoid. Sarcasm mostly seems just too easy to me. A bit like kicking a man when he’s down. I can’t say I never use sarcasm, but I don’t use it a lot and I never consider it my finest hour.
One of the most useful communication tricks I’ve ever learned is when listening to someone, I always paraphrase what they said and repeat it back to them. Whether I understood them correctly or not, this most always helps to clarify whatever has been said. As a writer I most always want very much to be understood. Not for my words to be mis-construed or mis-understood or mis-taken. I would like to think that most of the time these blog posts are fairly clear and understandable to my readers. I always greatly appreciate comments that make clear my message was heard.
I would never refer to one of my readers and commentators as a malefactor, someone who has done something evil or wrong. And I want to make clear that I do love and appreciate my friends in the inspirational niches. I am genuinely grateful to everyone who responded to my previous post and left three suggested words as an inspiration to future posts. I have already selected a dozen of them that I will definitely use and will continue to consider any and all three word suggestions that I receive. If you can think of three random words and would like to see me write a blog post about them, please leave a comment with your three words below. Here’s hoping your new week is off to a great start.