Thoughtless words can wound like a sword …
He who guards his lips guards his life,
but he who so speaks rashly will come to ruin …
Try your very best NOT to use destructive language
as it will hurt others as well as yourself;
so here are the “DIRTY THIRTY”
you should take great care to avoid!
*THE DIRTY THIRTY*
by Hal Urban
2. Swearing and Other Gross-Out Language
4. Angry Words
6. Mean-Spirited and Hurtful Words
7. Judgmental Words
8. Playing ‘poor me” — the Self-Pity Game
9. Making Discouraging Remarks
10. Embarrassing and Humiliating Others
11. Excessive Fault-Finding and Criticism
12. Complaining, Whining, Groaning, Moaning
13. Rude and Inconsiderate Language
15. Using Words to Manipulate Others
16. Phony and Insincere Compliments, Flattery
17. Ethnic and Racial Slurs
18. Sexists Comments
19. Age-related Put-downs
20. Being Negative — Always Pointing Out What’s Wrong
23. Interrupting — Not Letting The Other Person Finish
24. Playing ‘Trump” — Always Topping Someone Else’s Story
25. Being a Know-It-All
27. Yelling, Screaming
28. Talking Down to People — Being Condescending
29. Exaggerating, Blowing Things Out Of Proportion
30. Blaming and Accusing Others
Pray, don’t find fault with the man that limps
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load.
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt
Though hidden away from view.
Or the burden he bears placed on your back
Might cause you to stumble too.
Don’t sneer at the man who’s down today
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.
You may be strong but still the blows
That was his if dealt to you
In the selfsame way, at the selfsame time
Might cause you to stagger too.
Don’t be too harsh with the man that sins
Or pelt him with word or stone
Unless you are sure – yea, doubly sure –
That you have no sins of your own.
For you know, perhaps,
If the tempter’s voice should whisper as soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray
It might cause you to falter too.