“Words” Innuendos, Suppositions and Insinuations

Posted: August 23, 2010 in Words

So i wrote on Friday that i could not find a definition of kidding. A reader did and so i will correct Fridays blog by using the definition of kidding that he found in the same place that i looked and didn’t find. i also looked again this morning and i still don’t see it? Same address, same program? Hummmmmmmm.

Kidding: to talk or deal jokingly with; banter; to humbug or fool. to speak or act deceptively in jest;

The definition speaks for itself! Why would anyone want to waste words, bantering, fooling, or speaking deceptively? i went back to Friday so as to get the context of what i was hearing and speaking. i may have to revisit this topic?

I spent the weekend with friends of my sons. i listened. i heard. i learned. So much of the conversations were filled with the three words in todays title. Now i like to kid or  joke with people as much as the next guy. But these three words… not so much.  i looked to see if Jesus ever participated in these types of conversations. If He did there is no record of it. i did find a couple of places where i (in my opinion) thought He was sarcastic. Anyway,  i began to think on my conversations and wondered how much of them are filled with innuendos, suppositions, and insinuations? Or better yet what are people’s perceptions of what i say? I have said many times when i’m teaching, “here what i’m saying, not what i’m not saying.” Right now the story of the little boy who cried wolf comes to mind. Eventually no one listened to him. People lost confidence in him and did not take him seriously. Finally the one day that he needed to be heard and taken seriously there was no one willing. Will my kidding, joking or any of the words in todays title every cross the line to where people just won’t listen to me any more?

i have to start by letting Webster’s define the words for me.

Innuendos: an indirect intimation about a person or thing, of a disparaging or a derogatory nature.

Been there and sadly done that. i have spoken something about a person just based on how they look. That’s probably worse. How about if i preface my remarks with, “i don’t mean to….”? Does that make it alright? Oh and what about if i am just repeating what i heard someone say? i’m not really saying it then, right?

Matthew 12:36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.

Suppositions: the act of supposing. something that is supposed; assumption; hypothesis.
 
for me it just sounds like another version of innuendos. i make an assumption or maybe i should say i am making a hypothesis and hope that most wouldn’t know what it means and thus it wouldn’t be so bad?

Matthew 12:36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.

Insinuations: an indirect or covert suggestion or hint, esp. of a derogatory nature: covert or artful suggestion or hinting, as of something implied:
 
How about planning my words of a derogatory nature so that they leave the meaning up to the listener? This brings back memories of a few blogs back. The “art of suggestion.” i just hint at something rather than coming out and saying it. I don’t lie… but, i don’t tell the whole truth either. I suggest or hint at what i really want to say, but i never do say it. So… i’m innocent right?

Matthew 12:36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.

I only go to the Message when i desire a different perspective on a verse or a topic. i was led to do so here. It’s very much in my face and only makes the words hurt a little more.
 
Matthew 12:36-37 You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
 
Again with the heart thing! I know my mind is not always my best friend and i am well aware that it still in the process of being renewed, but… snake pit? i can’t stand snakes. So foul minded? Yes there are still moments when that is true but in part that’s why i’m journaling through this blog. i am exposing those things by putting them next to the word to expose the truth as the truth and not be deceived by a well dressed lie.i like options, well, most of the time. i like being able to look at this and then look at that and then make a well informed choice.
 
Ephesians 4:29 Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.
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