Brigitte's Banter

I’ve always loved that word:  Mettle.

It means this:  A person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.

I don’t think we use it enough.  We toss around words like amazing, phenomenal, awesome to describe anything from a scientist or physician’s ability to discover life-changing/saving discoveries and medicines to a reality show star’s conversation or hairstyle.  Their meanings have become as mundane and average as the latest YouTube sensation — here today, gone tomorrow, until the next one comes along.  But for a moment, they’re all AMAZING, PHENOMENAL, AWESOME, PERFECT with plenty of omg’s and lol’s and lmao’s surrounding them.  Sigh.

As a lover and writer of words, I try to use those adjectives sparingly.  I want someone or something to earn their meaning. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Words have weight.  They matter.  And…

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