The word bold is a Middle English word that comes from the Old English word bald. The two words could not be further apart in their definitions. How is it the word bald morphed itself into a completely different word? Bald is a word used to express the loss of hair on a person or animal. For example, “He used to have such a nice head of hair, it’s a shame he has gone bald.” Bold could not be further from that definition, in that it means to be fearless, confident, or take risks, such as, “He was so bold when he stood up to those bullies!”
The two words are also used in a similar manner when one says, “He told a bald-faced or a bold-faced lie,” both ways are considered to be right. It is reported by Mental_Floss, the expression was coined in the 1600s, but was actually said as a barefaced lie. During this time, bare meant the same thing as bold. In the 1600s, most men sported a beard, to be clean-shaven or barefaced, was a bold act in and of itself.
The word inclusive is a Latin word and comes from the Medieval Latin word, inclusivus. The word has an array of meanings, the most prevalent being, including all. Unlike the word bold, inclusive has not gone through a morphing machine to come out the other side looking completely different in meaning and structure.
The Medieval Latin word inclusivus, became the English word inclusive, in the 16th century and still has held the same meaning throughout time. Most people today associate the word with travel and packages that include things like food, drinks, tours, etc., “The package is all-inclusive.”
To combine the words boldly inclusive, in my definition, loosely means; to be fearless in the faces of many. The definition gets muddy to me when I come to the word inclusive. The reason for the confusion is that the definition of the word steers in a different direction than the word boldly does. To be inclusive would mean I include all of me, so I guess it would change the meaning to; fearlessly giving of myself, all of me, to another or the world at large.
With that said, it can be scary to give the entirety of oneself to another person. I would say to all but no person can give their all to society at large. When in a relationship, we usually say we are exclusive to the person we are with, meaning we do not include any other person(s) inside the relationship. We do this as a society because involving more than two people in a relationship muddies the water, so to speak.
Jealousy is often at the forefront of an inclusive relationship. For example, in this day and age relationships are breaking up due to cell phones and computers being overused by one partner or the other. Why? Because they are excluding their partner but boldly including the cyber world of strangers into an exclusive relationship.
In my opinion, the two words together do not complement one another. No one person can be boldly inclusive. I think the word inclusive is used and understood better when it is explaining objects or things, “That package is all-inclusive.” Verses saying, “That person is all-inclusive and fearless while doing so.” The verbiage is wrong here.
Flipping the coin on the other side, children are born with no fears, prejudices, or hate; all of these are learned behaviors from either their parents or society at large. For a child to be boldly inclusive is a natural thing. They go through their early years not being scared of the world around them. For example, when a stove top is hot, a young child will fearlessly touch it unless told to fear the burner because it will hurt them. As adults, we have learned to fear most things around us because someone else told us to do so.
Children are also inclusive, not because they have been taught to be, rather they have yet to be taught otherwise. They will include anyone and everyone around them in their daily activities without a second thought. Adults have been taught that including others can lead to hurt, heartache, or any other negative effect it may carry. To be inclusive is a learned behavior of the adult population because of innocence lost.
Opinion by Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The Free Dictionary: Bold
The Free Dictionary: Inclusive
Mental_Floss: Is it a Bald-Faced or Bold-Faced Lie?
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