It appears as if Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
|Um, because some of us don't confuse words with violence.
|Terms like "verbal abuse" beg the question of whether there
|is such a thing, and I happen to think there is not. If you
|are harmed by words, that's your problem.
'Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear.
Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub
together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the nave, the
unsophisticated deplore these formalities as "empty," "meaningless,"
or "dishonest," and scorn to use them. No matter how "pure" their
motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too
well at best.'
RA Heinlein: Time enough for love
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