Thursday, October 21, 2010


There were a few people who took offense to the word "tolerance" yesterday.

The post was NEVER in any sense of the word meant to offend anyone.

I believe they took the word Tolerate to mean: "putting up with" but that is not at all what I take the word to mean.

Here is the definition I found on the internet:


1. The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others.

I think that pretty much sums it up!

Sorry to any or all people who may have taken that word the wrong way!

HUGS! Brittany!


Lori said...

Like you, I've used the word tolerance in the same way...thinking of it as being respectful and accepting of others.

If I remember correctly, you were talking about you and your friend tolerating your differing beliefs. Which means you accept and respect her even if she doesn't believe exactly like you.

When people pointed out that for them it means something similar to "putting up with"..such as "I am tolerating you.", it doesn't sound very good. I can see their points. I don't think they were putting down your post as much as showing you what this word means to them. They also don't know you like I do...if they did they would know that when you use the word tolerance you mean accept and respect.

One of the things I love about the blogging community is that we can discuss these things...learn from one another and make each other better.

Regardless, I think it was still a wonderful post! XX

Hannah said...

Dear Readers - The beauty of our language is that it is flexible. That it is easily manipulated. That it grows and changes. Make sure that we post uplifting, positive comments - it is okay to speak your mind but don't be intolerant on a tolerance post.
Oh the irony.

And you know what, tolerance is a great thing. It is a beautiful thing. And sometimes it takes a bit of tolerance before you can turn to acceptance. And that is okay.

Dani @ said...

Geeeez!! People can really find something offensive in the most innocent things. ::sigh::

Sweet of you to apologize to those folks though.

I do believe most people who read your post knew exactly what you meant.

xo sweetness!


Eschelle Westwood Mumfection said...

and the English language strikes again!

Jessica said...

I didn't even think anything of it!

Your post was well written and your point came across regardless of what people misconstrued. :)

Hilary said...

As I mentioned in our email exchange, I certainly didn't take offense and there's absolutely nothing for which to apologize. It was a beautiful post with a wonderful heartfelt sentiment.

Your Mom is correct. Words impact us all differently and I was simply expressing how I've always responded to the word tolerance. I fully trust that your use of the word was exactly as you defined.

I'm sorry if my comment came across as either critical or harsh. It was not at all intended as such.