Words make us

This begins when we are conceived, born, and named.

And thereafter, every word we hear, overhear, read, think, and write, defines us.

Ugly. The root, ugga, means to fear. First known use: 13th century.

This means that for centuries the word ugly has not only defined us, it has birthed, named, and reinforced our fears.

Words are powerful. Remember that when you write. Our words not only define and refine our fears, they create, influence, introduce, and reinforce ugly.

From now on, when you think, or hear, or read ugly, ask what the fear is.