Certain words, when used over and over again seem to lose their meaning.
When I was growing up, if I would have been asked to take out the trash and I woud have uttered the phrase “this sucks”, it would have been met with a bar of soap in my mouth and more than likely several lashes with my dad’s leather belt. Today, if someone has a little sniffle or a cold, I would say to them “that sucks” and everone would go on their way without blinking an eye. In general, from what I have experienced, I would say that we have become more vulgar in a big way over the last few decades.
Another word that has lost much of it’s intended meaning is “racism” or “racist”. This morning I passed a van on the way to work. On the side were these words:
“Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women”. I will let you guess the organization before the fold.
Here it is. What the hell? (There I go again)
When my mom was young, she actually stayed at a small apartment in the YWCA. They helped her out during a time where she really couldn’t afford to stay at too many other places. I also remember when I was growing up they offered lots of classes and other things to do there. We even took our dog to obedience school classes there. My mom took tap dancing classes. I was enrolled in other fitness type activities.
So what has it turned into now? Just by having the word “racism” painted on their commuter van really turned me off. The slogan says nothing, and means nothing. When I hear someone called a racist I typically think that means that they have an opposing opinion. The word is used so much that it really doesn’t mean anything anymore. I suppose you could take it to mean “hates black people” or “hates Asian people”. I think by demonizing people and overusing the word so much, it just means nothing. The word “racism” sucks.