A few months ago, I wrote a post about the differences in clever vs smart. https://wakinguponthewrongsideof50.com/2022/06/30/clever-v-smart/
In the comments of this post, there was a discussion about the definition of the word CLEVER. Someone thought of the word clever as having shady connotations, as shown by the oft used British who dun it phrase:
He thinks he’s so clever
So, my question for today is rather pedantic:
How does tone change the definition of a word?
Clearly, the definition of the word clever has not changed in the above sentence. The word still reflects that someone is intelligent, or smart, or however you define it. But the tone…the tone changes how we look at the word.
What are other words that make us think differently about them depending on how one uses them?
Is this what gets us into trouble with texts?
Were emoji’s invented to help us determine how something is being intended to be used?
How does tone and intent change the way we think about words?