words are deeds

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Words are a powerful force, even descriptive statements have the power to cause action, illocutionary force. What people choose to say, or not say, causes the world to change

If a guest in the Wendy House makes a statement like “it’s cold in here” then I will interpret that as a description of discomfort. The force of the statement pushes me to suggest either

  • lighting the woodstove
  • providing a jumper
  • making another pot of tea
  • going somewhere warmer
  • doing something that raises our body temperature

Long Beach SignThe reply will either confirm, or disconfirm, my assumption and take us a step nearer to making the immediate world a more pleasant place to be

Some people use their illocutionary force with skill, wisely or cruely. Some people spew words in a stream of consciousness seemingly without awareness of their forceful impact on listeners

words are deeds
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4 bits of lovely banter on “words are deeds”

  1. Scarlet writes:

    You are obviously a sensitive host… not all hosts pick up on these comments… and the world stays chilly.
    Sx

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    wendy writes

    Ta Scarlet, I suspect some people make the world chilly just so they can hear people ask them for comfort

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  2. Bux writes:

    I’m curious to see what you would suggest as an activity to raise body temperature hehe….

    I’ll stick with a cuppa thanks (as Boy George once said).

    Lovely post, and very sage words indeed.

    Bx

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    wendy writes

    thanks Bux, I’ve got a a big Pot specially for guests and some dried sage especially for smudging…

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