I'm only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand. Although as an author I am responsible for making readers understand--a reader who doesn't understand is an unhappy reader. (And there is some value to leaving some questions unanswered...)
I personally find it amazing how much power we as a culture give this little word. If it were any other word at all, except maybe one, we would not react the same way. Four letters with a period at the end (even though it is not a full sentence mind you).
"PAUL NEVER DEVELOPED A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE. He picked his bloody body up out of the dirt and went back into the city where he had almost been stoned to death, and he said, "Hey, about that sermon I didn't finish preaching - here it is!" ~ John Hagee