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I’ve just commented on a post from The Forgotten Wife about not always being special ( and my comment was to do with responsibility. While I was doing that I was struggling to find a word I really wanted to work with this week and it came to me that there is a word we can use that compliments the post beautifully and that is ‘COMPASSION‘.

The reason I feel it complements the post is because being special is not a right, it is something earned by your actions. It does not come when you are only doing what you have a responsibility to do, but it does come to those who are compassionate, who can look beyond the obvious and share their world with those that might otherwise be denied it. A bit convoluted I know but that’s what was in my mind when I started this post …….

With the Weekly Word I like to indulge this side of myself and would like to invite you to join me too in trying out the word I selected in a sentence. I’d also be happy to receive suggestions for future Weekly Words so go on, what’s your favourite word?

I’d like to challenge you to find an unusual, imaginative or correct usage of the word COMPASSION in a single sentence or a paragraph.

This weeks word is COMPASSION, it is a noun pronounced ‘kohm-pash-uhn’

It means to have a feeling of deep empathy for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
Derivations include: compassionate, compassionately


  1. Her compassion knew no bounds
  2. He was a compassionate man who understood the needs of others

Origins of the word Compassion

The word compassion was first known in the 14th Century and comes from the Old French, from Late Latin compassiō  fellow-feeling, from compatī  to suffer with, from Latin com-  with + patī  to bear, suffer]

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at:

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

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