It has been brought to my attention by more than one observant individual over the past week that I do, indeed, use the word “indeed” rather frequently in both my written and oral communication. OK, fine, I use it A LOT. As a self-professed “word nerd” I always have some new favorite word and apparently “indeed” is the word of the moment.
I have been told it makes me sound British. Well, no insult there. At least I use proper English (for the most part) instead of American English which, no offense dear friends, just sounds like an extremely butchered version of the original (especially where I reside).
I have been informed that it makes me sound Spockish. Huh? Yes, I said the same thing. It was clarified for me. Spock … as in Star Trek. Ah! I get it now. Very well then, “Live long and prosper.”
Someone mentioned to me that it made me sound more educated. HA! Well, I do have considerable more education than the individual who mentioned it … so I just bit my tongue and walked away from that conversation before I said something insulting and typically American like, “DUH!” Of course, that would have defeated the purpose as all my years of education are probably revoked from me every time I utter such stupidity. Saying the word “duh” does no one any favors …especially those attempting to endear themselves to the I.A.T.S.M.E.T.I.A.S (I Attempt To Sound More Educated Than I Am Society).
“Indeed” happens to be a wonderfully versatile word.
1. in fact; in reality; in truth; truly (used for emphasis, to confirm and amplify a previous statement, to indicate a concession or admission, or, interrogatively, to obtain confirmation): Indeed, it did rain as hard as predicted. Did you indeed finish the work?
2. (used as an expression of surprise, incredulity, irony, etc.): Indeed! I can scarcely believe it.
Indeed! I think we should all adopt the word and make an effort to use it more often.
“A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.” ~Winston Churchill
“Words are the coins making up the currency of sentences, and there are always too many small coins.” ~Jules Renard