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Can you explain what the following sentence means >>?

Asked by rebbel (35552points) January 23rd, 2022

“Your respect and reverence depend upon your first utterance of the word.”

And, “The word”?
What word?

As found on the label of a teabag.

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

The good word?

flutherother's avatar

It may be a poor translation of an advertising slogan that made sense in the teabag’s country of origin. At a wild guess it means you will like this tea from the moment you taste it.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Grease is the word…!

Zaku's avatar

It better not be the bird !

kritiper's avatar


cookieman's avatar

The tone with which you deliver the very first word you say to someone shows how much you respect and revere them.

Six's avatar

Do the teabags have different sayings?

Inspired_2write's avatar

A persons tone of voice determines their attitude.

Link to the choice of words and tone meaning.

Six's avatar

Is this one of many sayings?

Nomore_Tantrums's avatar

A teabag? Sounds like an employee with too much time on their hands. Or perhaps some Fundie Christian trying to sneak in a quick sermon to customers, but in that case “Word” should be capitalized. Just speculating here. Thats a weird damn logo to put on a teabag.

Jeruba's avatar

I used to buy a brand of tea that put little messages on their teabags, not quite like fortune cookies but a similar idea. I would interpret that message differently depending on the context: do all the teabags have that same message on them, or is it one of several? If there are various messages, do they all have the same slightly off-key English? I would take the answer to that as my cue.

For instance, if they’re all different and all a little, let’s say, uncertain in their command of English, then I would guess that “the word” should have been “a word,” which changes the meaning. In that case I would just say it means something like “From the first word you utter, you earn—or show?—respect.”

As written, though, it doesn’t mean very much at all.

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