Language Matters

Language Matters

By N Oji Mzilikazi

Originally published in the Montreal Community Contact Volume 23, Number 01

January 10, 2013

Language facilitates communication.

Language gives meaning to words. If words do not mean what they say, if circumlocution, obfuscation, misnaming, mislabelling, re-engineering the meanings of words, and language confusion are allowed to stand, the lack of clarity would not only lead to miscommunication, misunderstanding, increased coarseness and offense, but place society on a downhill trajectory. Language matters…