Constant: (adj) occurring continuously over a period of time.
I call them “weenie words.” These are exaggerated terms we use to either gain sympathy or establish our prowess.
Constant is one of those words.
“I am constantly in pain.”
I’m sorry–highly unlikely.
“I am praying constantly for you.”
I hope not. Please set aside some time for your life.
“I am constantly exercising to stay in shape.”
So what’s the advantage of being in shape if you don’t have time to flaunt it?
“I am constantly wrestling with insomnia.”
O-h-h-h, I don’t know. I’ll come back in about fifteen minutes and see you dozing.
There are certain constants that would be good, but you rarely hear them:
“I am constantly learning to be a better person through my mistakes.”
“I am constantly being reminded that I’m not as good as I think I am.”
“I am constant in my need for people to inform me when I’m being an asshole.”
Constant is a weenie word–a choice of language we make when we’re trying to impress, complain or insist that we’ve done everything humanly possible.
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