Congratulations?

The term congratulations has surfaced a little bit in recent conversations. This has led me to consider whether or not it is always well placed. It is certainly a term I have never been shy to use when I felt it was warranted, and there seem to be many occasions when it is. However, perhaps there are some times when it should be traded out or in? Does “congratulations” mean the same thing when we are recognizing someone’s luck as when we are recognizing an achievement? Are certain things we congratulate people for really achievements? Are there achievements that go without congratulations that should? How much background knowledge of the “achievement” warrants the use of congratulations?

Coherence was not a goal this morning, and it doesn’t look like completeness is either. Nevertheless I’m just throwing this posting out there. Perhaps the two of you that read it will have some answers – or just more questions.

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