I read this article from NPR yesterday and was excited. Not because of the content. I think the article makes a serious point, but the fact that the reporter pulled out the dictionary makes me giddy. That’s what us word nerds do!
Now many listeners want to know why Kelly didn’t just call the president a liar.
On Morning Edition, Kelly explains why. She says she went to the Oxford English Dictionary seeking the definition of “lie.”
“A false statement made with intent to deceive,” Kelly says. “Intent being the key word there. Without the ability to peer into Donald Trump’s head, I can’t tell you what his intent was. I can tell you what he said and how that squares, or doesn’t, with facts.”
This article highlights the importance of using just the right word–using the correct word to not only express exactly what you need to, but to maintain integrity.
It also highlights the need for everyone to read carefully. Very, very carefully. And, perhaps, pull out the dictionary every now and then. I recommend bookmarking Merriam-Webster. It’s an easy-to-use online dictionary, but also provides a lot of smart insights on word trends.