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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:

holiness

sovereignty

depravity

unbeliever

elect

submit

help-meet

lifestyle

ex-gay

queer (when it’s being used in the bullying, old-fashioned way)

sissy

homosexuals (PS, looking at you, Gagnonhomosexualists and homosexualism aren’t words)

exotic

colorblind

all-the-facts

self-defense

creationism

divisive

birthright

reverse-anything

snitch

civility

broken

trickle-down

should

slut

thug

fat

not-all-_____!

crusade

microinvalidation

proud (when referring to Native people)

hardworking (when referring to Asian Americans)

inspirational (when referring to people with disabilities)

“normal”

re-ocurring

ickspecially

redirection

* * *

Hmm, that’s all I can think of for now.  How about you? What are some words that you hate?

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. nuance.

    November 5, 2014

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