Positive Words, Powerful Results : Simple Ways to Honor, Affirm, and Celebrate Life
Although we live in an ocean of words, we rarely acknowledge their power to uplift or put down, to inspire or discourage, to help or hurt. But in this jewel of a book, Hal Urban -- parent, award-winning teacher, and author of the classic Life's Greatest Lessons -- shows us simple and immediate ways that we can use language to change lives -- both our own and those around us.
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April 27, 2004
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Excerpt from Positive Words, Powerful Results by Hal Urban
Words Make Us Human
Words are what hold society together; without them we should not be human beings.
When Did We Start Talking?
I've always wanted to believe that the first word ever spoken by a human was "yippee!" Something good was discovered and a sound came out to celebrate it. Someone with a less positive worldview might think the first word was either "darn" or "ouch." But the truth is, no one knows for sure which human uttered the first word, exactly when or where it was said, or what it meant.
Anthropologists can give us all kinds of scientific data on the origins of the human race, but they can't tell us with certainty when we started talking. It's not my intent here to write a historically documented or scientifically proven account of the development of language, and I suspect that it's not your desire to read one. But it might be useful briefly to discuss the origin of words.