Words denied

An incident that occurred at the library got me searching the Workplace Bullying Institute website. I came across this quote from Tom Engelhardt which the WBI applies to circumstances in which bullying is not labelled as such ("euphemisms intended to trivialize bullying and its impact on bullied people"), but it applies to many other circumstances:

"Words denied mean analyses not offered, things not grasped, surprise not registered, strangeness not taken in, all of which means that terrible mistakes are repeated, wounding ways of acting in the world never seriously reconsidered. The words' absence chains you to the present, to what's accepted and acceptable."

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