Maybe it's my eight months of re-exposure to all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, or it could be a search for a short way to text an emphatic agreement. For whichever of these reasons, or others, I present another word I've decided to defend -- indeed.
The word indeed doesn't get out much, so it needs defending, using one of the criteria I set up when I first wrote on this category. It's a nineteenth-century sort of word. But sometimes it still comes in handy in the twenty-first century.
From legal matters to worship services, there may be distinctions between "in thought" and "in deed," or thinking something versus actually doing it. A favorite old prayer of mine speaks of sin "in thought, word and deed," and notice which of those comes last.
So "indeed" as an agreement seems the most emphatic possibility -- I'm not saying "Yes in thought," or "Yes in word," but "Yes indeed!"
So is that all I have to say about it?
It is indeed!
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