The Case Against the Words “Good” and “Bad” [4:52]


She makes a good case for everyone to stop using the words “good” and “bad” for good. She feels these words are bad because using them is a bad habit that keeps all of us from using many, many other words and metaphors that are much more doubleplusgood. She thinks we could be gooder at speaking to each other, writing, and even thinking if we stop using these two bad, I mean… unhelpful and imprecise, words. I say try it for one minute before you even see the video and you start seeing how much gooder your thinking gets. Ironic that good and bad aren’t good, just bad.

Discussion Questions

  • Do you think the amount of times you use good and bad in your speech is good or bad?
  • Did you notice this at all before you saw the video?
  • Why is it a bad thing that the words good and bad are so good at cutting your mind off from thinking new thoughts?
  • Why does the author think that good and bad are imprecise and don’t really communicate much of anything?

Keywords: Language, words, improve, speech, writing, grammar, diction, metaphor, expression, literature


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