Choosing The Right Words For Condemnation



Today was indeed a bad day when Israeli Defence Forces attacked on Freedom Frotilla which was bound for Gaza to provide aid to the stranded people there. Well, nearly everyone is aware of today’s catastrophe so I’d not go into much of the details. However, I condemn the perennial barbarity of Israeli Government, in today’s case too.


My sole concern of now is that when we condemn such acts of barbarism, we need not be ambiguous with the words. It, at times, give a wrong impression to the people we’re strangers to. However, sometimes one lack the right words to express, and even in such case the reader shouldn’t jump to a conclusion too. Asking for a clarification is fine as well. Though one must be careful with his/her words while criticizing. Bombing on Israel is no solution. A horde of Israelis condemn the act of barbarism by Israeli Defence Forces. It’s fine to condemn the act of the particular source rather — and in this case the Israeli Government — than condemning the whole country. In the same way, one can always condemn the unethical behavior of American Government, but it’s not fine to abuse or blame or condemn the whole America. Why to talk about killing or condemning a common American person — be it a Jew or a Christian? The Freedom Flotilla carried 750+ people from 10’s of different countries with different religions including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists etc.


I prefer to choose my words carefully, but at times I do make unintentional mistakes. In any case, and to be sure, my intentions are neat. God knows that. But the other person totally stranger to me and reading my posts or listening to my words may not know what my intentions are.


I don’t doubt the intention of many other people condemning the state of Israel. But I’d suggest them re-again to avert from ambiguity — be precise and particular rather than general.


If at anytime I’m found using ambiguous words — anyone can feel free to correct me.


Thanks to one of my friend who brought my attention towards this matter.

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3 Responses to Choosing The Right Words For Condemnation

  1. Renata Rzeznik says:

    I agree with you. We often create discourses/statements to communicate about our feelings, with our interlocutors. The communication would surely fail, if the right words wouldn’t carefully chosen. Choosing the right words is fundamental to make your intentions don’t fall into misinterpretation. On the other hand, it’s essencial that the persons with whom you talk to, learn how to interpret what you say.. by making questions, instead of assumptions. What a great lesson you just taught me.

  2. Marium Arif says:

    Agreed.
    news reports should also always have a very careful selection of words so it doesnt seem that the news agency or the reporter are mixing their own opinions into it or make it seem understated or exxagerated.

    good post!

    • Absar says:

      I co-sign it. Thank you, Marium

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