Words can make a lover’s heart melt. Or break.

Words can inspire an entire nation. Or divide it.

Words are powerful, and thus they must be used carefully.

And defined carefully.

Oxford Languages has just published the 2020 Words-of-the-Year list. The entire document is worth a read but you can skip to page 36 for the definitions.

There you will find words that are critical to your being an ethical leader. Words like allyship, anti-masker, covidiot, systemic racism and wokeness.

The right word can open a door, a mind, a heart.

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