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.