A word worth defending? Indeed!

A word worth defending? Indeed!

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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  • Has been ripped off by an Internet job site.

  • In reply to jack:

    That just means the true use of the word needs to be taken more, well, Seriously.

  • Because it does sound like a dignified ending,
    'Indeed' is old-fashioned but well worth defending.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thank you. I am indeed pleased that you agree.

  • I love this word also. Great post indeed!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thank you! Perhaps (ah, another good word!) it isn't in quite as much obscurity and trouble as I feared.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    No indeed!

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Thanks, jnorto. It seems my work here is done -- at least for this word.

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