What is a word?
According to Dictionary.com, a word is “a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning.”
Words have enormous power. As the “principle carriers of meaning,” words can lift us up or crush us.
They may be no more than sounds uttered from our mouths, but the intention behind the sounds can pack more joy or pain than the most loving touch or the cruelest physical blow.
Some people use words as subtle weapons to hurt, shame, or manipulate others.
These people are verbal abusers and tend to attract people in their lives who are susceptible to their insidious and hurtful use of language.