December 19, 2005

A word to be weary of

Truly. I am weary of truly. I think it is a word that implies dishonesty. When you see it used these days, it seems to be used in a way to emphasize the sincerity of the speaker's emotion or reassurance at that particular moment. "I am truly grateful". "Truly sorry". "Truly happy". Sort of says to me that all the other times you said you were grateful or sorry you really weren't, since you now feel the need to emphasize this time that you are really, in truth, grateful. I say a pox on truly. Either you mean what you say or you don't. Either way, leave poor truly out of it.

Posted by Random Penseur at December 19, 2005 02:33 PM | TrackBack

But what about that classic song?

I love you truly,truly Dear.
Always forever, have no fear.
Oh don't you know, I love you so.
I love you truly Dear.

The Bugs Bunny rendition still brings tears to my eyes.

Posted by: Jim at December 22, 2005 10:28 AM
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