Also Wk 4: Army-Style Synonyms.

Another assignment from the great Mr. Eriksen (That’s not flattery, that’s…okay, I guess it is flattery, but we can find another name for it), I have to compare and contrast some words that sound like they just came out of a drill sergeant. The army isn’t the kind of life for me (Too much exercise), but I can still make fun of them. You know how there is that saying, “Don’t knock it ’til you try it”? That’s no fun at all.

First off, we are going to compare the difference between Discipline and Punishment. Discipline is “Training to act in accordance with rules,” while punishment is “A penalty inflicted for an offense or fault.” I think the main difference here has to do with the behavior of the affected subject. One can be disciplined without necessarily doing something wrong. However, one cannot be punished without having done something wrong. Furthermore, there is a difference in the attitude. Punishment is much more disliked than discipline. Parents, for the most part, discipline, not punish, unless punishment became necessary.

Next, there is the difference between Drill  and Order. A drill is “any strict, methodical, repetitive, or mechanical training, instruction, or exercise.” On the contrary, an order is “an authoritative direction or instruction; command; mandate.” The difference here lies in the timing. A drill is something that happens fairly regularly, while an order can easily be spur-of-the-moment, and may only happen once. They both sound like things I don’t ever want to have to worry about, but there is a major difference.

By the way, if you wanna be a good reporter, know your words. A gargantuan vocabulary with nil limitations is of no practical value if you have a lack of understanding regarding the definitions of the individual verbage.


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