Monday, November 15, 2010

Wordless Words

Words to lose from the cultural conversation. Overused to the point of meaninglessness, or zeitgeist-ed into the opposite of the word's etymology. Add to this list of phrases to ditch: family values, moral authority, New Age. Transparency is now the synonym of obfuscation. Distraction has been coopted to mean that someone has done something nefarious, controversial, or just plain dumb and is now going home to "spend more time with the family" because everyone can't stop talking about how nefarious, controversial or dumb the behavior was. We hear countless times a day how bipartisan something is, while showing no evidence of compromise. We transition through various degrees of war. If anyone else reaches across the aisle while not compromising in any way from the rigid ideology of whatever stance they're taking, I'm going to throw up. And, please come up with some other timeframe than at the end of the day. When is that exactly?

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