There are many ‘new’ terms in our language. What are these about?
Are we naming ‘new’ things like EVs or AI?
Yes, sometimes we are coming up with labels for ‘new’ things.
Some of our ‘new’ language styles are coming from texting shorthand. BTW takes less time than typing “By the way.”
It is quite a cool event. I don’t believe we’ll be able to spell as well as used to, though. We’ve seen what calculators have done to doing math in our heads.
But there’s a ‘new’ specific term that disturbs me. It’s not about any new object or tool but a ‘new’ concept.
BTW- Even new concepts need new terms. The new term of ‘transgenderism’ isn’t offensive or misleading even though its ubiquitous and gut wrenching. It is a term for something that’s real and everyone knows what it’s defining.
The phrase that troubles me is “My truth.”. Primarily because it’s sometimes interchangeable with “the truth”.
“My truth” is a disingenuous term not unlike calling the Covid-19 shot a ‘vaccine’.
“My truth” has no more to do with “the truth” than the experimental medicinal shot had with any former ‘vaccine’.
IMHO…Our heads are being played with.
So, what’s up with messing with our language?
I think the definition of “my truth” according to the Urban Dictionary gives us a clue.
Pretentious substitute for “non-negotiable personal opinion.”
Often used by academics, this is a convenient phrase for avoiding arguments because people can contradict your opinion but not your “truth.”
The phrase is often used when seeking to justify a controversial personal stance or action because people are not allowed to argue with “your truth.”
I, for one, make every effort to correct the misuse of modern terms… especially with young people. A silencing and confusion effort is clearly descending upon us.
While we’re at it, can you define the following terms under a broad definition? There’s a lot of confusion these days. Good luck.
“assault weapon” (the applicant for the head of the ATF couldn’t define one)
“woman” (How can you claim to be a defender of women if you don’t know how to define one?)
“poverty” (the government keeps changing the meaning of the term)
“social justice” (it’s equity now not equality and has nothing to do with ‘justice’.)
“human diversity” (doesn’t pertain to opinion or thought on college campuses but if we used human fingerprints as a guideline, we already have it universally.)
“rights” (Hint: they aren’t wants or even needs.)
“A Democracy as opposed to a Republic”
“Domestic terrorists” as opposed to “opposition to the powerful”
“anti-capitalist” (aka “envying the rich”.)
“Executive order” as opposed to a “law”
“science” as opposed to “expert opinion”
There are more, of course. Feel free to add your own. ❤
7 thoughts on “Unanswered Question: What’s up with messing with language?”
“Democratic socialism” as opposed to just plain ol’ socialism, I guess.
“Fascism” and “racist” are misused to the point where to call someone either is basically saying “shut up, asshole.”
Too many words without any meaning to count. Thanks John. Democratic Socialism is a good one. Compassionate Conservatism was a real beaut too! lol
I forgot that one!
Good one… how about “micro aggregation” or “cultural appropriation”. 🤔 Isn’t a guy becoming a girl (just ‘cuz he says so) gender appropriation?
To tell you the truth, I have completely lost the plot nowadays, if any ! Common sense is dead,..
That loss of the plot is intentional and R.I.P. to common everything. Thanks, Nick.