Words are powerful tools to a person being able to show strong expression or verbal weapons. Often times, the words of one can have a large effect on others especially if the words are said with powerful emotion.

However, people often do not say what they truly mean at heart. While words can be extremely strong, their meaning can be as empty as my stomach before lunch if the person who said those words do not truly mean what they say. In Catcher and the Rye, Holden often calls people “phonies” and is quick to judge them based on their appearance. His contradictory narration makes him unreliable throughout the novel. He might say something like “I hate movies,” yet he watches them a lot. Whether he is confused or simply crazy, the fact stands that he didn’t mean what he said because his words drifted apart from his thoughts, actions and meaning. Why do people do that? Perhaps Holden’s confusion in his life explains it for him. But why the others?

During a Digimon Adventure episode I once watched, Taichi and Yanmato were fighting and often times when it came to apologizing between the two, usually one of them says “I didn’t mean what I said.”  It is another strong factor in how words are apart from what the person truly means. Rather than confusion or craziness being the case, this seems to be a desire to make things better. It happens quite frequently when people want self-satisfaction after doing something wrong. This is exactly why children apologize to their parents but often do their mistake again. They are just trying to get their parents off their back. It is also the case with a friend of mine who “apologizes” after driving me up the wall and damaging several relationships. She apologized merely to be free of the guilt and to get me off her back.

Ultimately, people don’t say what they mean for several reasons from satisfaction to depression. This phenomena is strong in what it accomplishes and makes several words a bitter aftertaste of regret or a bland taste of falseness.


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