I will never understand the scorn lobbed at allies by the warriors who pollute the social justice movement with their ego and their blind rage. I think about my ‘enemy’ standing up to tell the world “Everyone will be safe in the world my demographic is…
Did you know that many words don’t mean what they “traditionally” mean? And by “traditionally” I mean the definitions one might find in, say, a dictionary, as opposed to the natural evolution of language. Said evolution is in and of itself often quite eyeroll-inducing (see additions of “irregardless” or Internet acronyms like “lol” to the dictionary), but not so much as when people misuse words for their own purposes.
Their purpose, of course, being the desire to make their opinion on something an objective fact— it’s not enough simply to dislike something, after all. One’s dislike needs to be based on provable evidence, so anyone’s disagreement can be said to therefore be objectively incorrect. Because argument on the Internet is serious business.
Thus the misuse gets spread far and wide and becomes generally accepted as a new definition. No-one questions it, lest one get accused of being a “grammar nazi”— which is as bad as being a real Nazi, I’m led to believe— and nobody wants that.
So, a quick primer on what some common words and phrases actually mean on the Internet. You’ll thank me later.
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