grammar

The Honor of “She”

The Honor of “She”

Words matter. The language we use every day shapes the way we see our world. We talk about the strength of our coffee in the morning, or the F-150 that cut us off in traffic. We share our opinions on the most recent college basketball game or describe the Pad Thai we had for dinner.

As a writer, I often thought that I controlled my words more than most people—that everything I tapped out on my keyboard blinked into existence did exactly what I wanted it to. Little did I realize that the nouns and verbs, pronouns and participles I use tell a different story about me.