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#SoCS – ‘Indeed’

I recently subscribed to the blog of Linda G. Hill. She has an ongoing activity at her blog called Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), in which she gives a prompt on Friday and her readers who participate, write a post for that next day using the prompt (in accordance with the rules, of course). The once per week challenges like this are intriguing to me so here I am with my take on Linda’s prompt for this week.

#SoCS - 'Indeed'

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Prompt: the word, ‘indeed’

I looked up the word at Dictionary.Com. The U.S. definitions didn’t explain as fully as the U.K. one. At first, I thought it was peculiar because so many words have the same definitions. After all, the official language of both countries are the same. It’s usually just the spelling that will be different, and then, only slightly.

British Dictionary definitions for indeed



sentence connector

1. certainly; actually: indeed, it may never happen


2. (intensifier): that is indeed amazing

3. or rather; what is more: a comfortable, indeed extremely wealthy family


4. an expression of doubt, surprise, etc

The U.S. definitions didn’t have the first one, which, in my opinion, is the one most used. I think of the word as small jab to get someone’s full attention.

I envision an English country gentleman saying something like, “Indeed, this is a predicament, isn’t it.” It isn’t really an intensifier for that sentence or an addition. Nor does it show any surprise or doubt. It’s clearly is the first one, a connector within a conversation.

I’m a born American, but I often wonder if I should be living somewhere else. My speech and my written words seem to be more in line with England, or maybe not so far away, Canada. My mannerisms invoke questions about where I’m from. When I tell them the state I was born in, their eyebrows raise.

This word isn’t used often in the U.S., yet I do like it immensely.




15 comments on “#SoCS – ‘Indeed’

  1. LindaGHill

    I love the word “indeed”! I use it all the time – in fact I’m struggling not to use it now. Haha!
    Thanks so much for joining in SoCS, Glynis. I’m so sorry it took me so long to read your post.


    • Glynis Jolly

      There is no need for an apology, Linda. I figured you could get to every SoCS post and usually rotate which ones you visit each week. Because of the mental connection I have going with the word, I don’t use it that often, only with dialog involving someone of higher class usually.


  2. Indeed! I do love the word indeed whether it be in adverb or interjection form, though I’ve not used it as a conjunction very often 🙂


    • Glynis Jolly

      Now, I haven’t used it much as an adverb. I guess this shows that our differences in our style. 😉


  3. Cat

    I’m from the UK and, yes, indeed, we do use the word ‘indeed’ quite a lot 😛


  4. peakperspective

    Good heavens, I’m forever sprinkling my prose with an ‘indeed’ here and a ‘naturally’ there. And it very well may have come about from reading way too many English stories as a child and having the language meld into my cells. It sounds right, somehow.
    Nicely done post, Glynis. Nicely done, indeed. 😛


    • Glynis Jolly

      I keep on using the term, however, as if I’m some pompous instructor. It isn’t used in the same was as the word, indeed, though. I reach for the phrase, in fact, usually but I’m tired of it. I’ve used it way too often.


  5. I love that phrase and I find I use it quite often.. Hum…. maybe I belong in another time as well. 🙂


    • Glynis Jolly

      Maybe that’s it. Maybe I belong in the U.S. but about a century ago. Except for missing the conveniences of our modern world (like running water, inside bathrooms, gas stoves), I think I would have liked living in that era. 🙂


  6. Let's CUT the Crap!

    😀 I suppose it can be used for either. I like Jacqui’s idea.
    Good use of the prompt word, Glynis. You are good at these. 🙂


  7. Jacqui Murray

    It would be a great character trait. To salt the antagonist’s dialogue with ‘Indeed’.


    • Glynis Jolly

      I didn’t even think of a villain but you’re right. I was thinking more of the sidekick. 😛


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