Gut Rumbles

January 17, 2006


I love the English language. If you enjoy writing, English provides you with a giant toybox, stuffed to the brim with neat stuff to play with. Words are wonderful things, both nuanced and precise, both sparkling and dull, depending on how you use them.

That's why I absolutely despise the bastardization that I see happening to my beloved language today. Take a few horrible examples:

Multiculturalism-- What a bullshit word. It's used today to mean that the more ethnic division we have in society, the more united we are. It also suggests that a society of unwashed, illiterate, semi-savages is just as good, and in many ways BETTER, than crass, evil Western Civilization. When I see ANYONE claiming to be a hyphenated-American, I want to puke. If life was that great where you came from, why don't you go the hell back THERE? But who am I to judge?

Judgmental--- When did having an opinion based on observation and fact become a mortal sin? The word is used as an insult today. I suppose that if you think you can tell right from wrong, you're full of shit and an evil person for being judgmental. That definition sounds pretty UN-judgmental to me.

Diversity--- The word once meant "difference," but those were the days. Now, "diversity" means mindlessly embracing multi-culturalism and being mindlessly non-"judgmental" about it. ALL HAIL DIVERSITY!!! It worked in the Balkans and it'll work here, too.

Discrimination--- Don't you DARE do that! The dictionary definition says "to use good judgment." GOT-DAM!!! I thought it meant "to act like a bigoted racist," because that's how the word is appled today. Of course, any word with "judgment" in the definition HAS to be bad.

Rich--- Anybody who has a nickel to his name after government is through pilfering his pockets with taxation is "rich." Rich people are evil, conniving, uncaring bastards with more money than they need. I don't care how hard they work. They don't deserve what they have when I don't have it, too, so (in the immortal words of Dean Esmay) "Fuck 'em." The fact that they're rich and I'm not isn't fair.

Fair--- Unfair, with the force of government behind it.

Racist--- Here's a word that HAS no definition anymore, unless it's "anything that Jesse Jackson doesn't like." It's just an all-purpose slander that has been so cheapened by misuse and overuse that it means absolutely nothing today. Personally, I believe that this kind of pandering is racist, but what do I know? I'm judgmental.

I could go on, but I won't. I'm too "politically-correct" and I have too much "compassion" and "tolerance" to do that. Besides, I would rather go clean some of my "assault rifles."


You need to close your bold tag after the word "discrimination" in the last post

Posted by: Dpatten on January 17, 2006 02:14 PM

Your definately right about multuculturalism. Its good too see somebodies trying to reign in the stupidity.

Posted by: dipnut on January 17, 2006 02:49 PM

I do believe you forgot to add " my assault rifles"............


Posted by: Maggie on January 17, 2006 03:42 PM

my husband works for Kraft, a very pro-diversity corporation... recently Kraft hung posters that were supposed to help define the different ways people are diverse. The most hilarious-shocking thing (besides the fact that it was even listed) was the term they used to define sexual orientation.. it was "affectional-orientation". pft. gimme a freakin break.

Posted by: Danielle on January 17, 2006 04:47 PM

You forgot "gay." That's one of MY favorite highjacked terms.

Lamont Cranston

Posted by: Lamont Cranston on January 17, 2006 05:02 PM

Man, you are killing me! HogOnIce was right about ya.

Posted by: Tom H on January 17, 2006 06:17 PM

Dang, Rob, I betcha you're one (of us annoying pedantic folks) who knows the difference between "infer" and "imply"!

Posted by: Justthisguy on January 17, 2006 11:39 PM

The MF's stole another perfectly good word....liberal.

Posted by: Larry on January 18, 2006 03:52 PM

Diversity--Opposite of Unity.

Gay- Used to mean "Happy" now used to describe some of the most miserable folks..

Finally how about, "Usufruct"

I love that word. Look it up. Describes the populace of New Orleans!

"Imagine Whirrled Peas"

Posted by: dc on January 19, 2006 03:27 PM

Lamont: I happen to be homosexual, and dislike the hijacking of the word "gay" as much as you do. In fact I would like a bumper sticker that said "I'm old enough to remember when "happy and gay" was redundant.

"Gay", to me, is a fashionable pretty-boy type driving his white VW Cabrio down Castro, pink-triangle stickers on the back bumper. That is sure as hell not me.

Then again, to be fair, I remember when the word "family" meant wife, husband, maybe kids. Acidman says "racism is whatever Jesse Jackson doesn't like". "Family" is what "Doctor" James Dobson DOES like. Same thing, different end of the political spectrum.

Posted by: the friendly grizzly on January 21, 2006 07:37 AM
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