a small smattering of words I hate
It’s been a really busy couple of weeks. I’ve been swamped with work, classes, event planning, and trying to tread water in the complicated soup of human relationships that is life.
I thought I’d write a little fluff post to allay some of the anxiety that crops up whenever I don’t write frequently enough (who decides what “enough” means is beyond me). Below are a small collection of words that, over the past few months and years, I have begrudgingly learned to hate. If interested, one could probably tease out the trajectory of the various ideological groups (eg. hardcore, wrath-fetishizing Calvinists, swaths of ignorant w**** folks, homophobic schoolyard bullies, grammar blunderers) that have contributed to my current discomfort with many of these terms. But I’ll admitthat although the way many of these words are applied is enough to make me cringe whenever I hear them, each of these words is innately valuable and can be redeemed through reframing it in proper discourse.
So here is a small smattering of words I hate:
queer (when it’s being used in the bullying, old-fashioned way)
homosexuals (PS, looking at you, Gagnon – homosexualists and homosexualism aren’t words)
proud (when referring to Native people)
hardworking (when referring to Asian Americans)
inspirational (when referring to people with disabilities)
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Hmm, that’s all I can think of for now. How about you? What are some words that you hate?