“Flashy words make the world turn, but it don’t turn right.” ~ Shihan
Words. They’re powerful. Nations, like ours, are founded upon them. Elections, and universal health care, are lost because of them (see: Martha Coakley, Curt Schilling).
But unfortunately, calling a Red Sox hero a Yankee fan isn’t the only way you can misuse words. Trust, I know. I’m guilty of doing so. Still, I feel it necessary to share, from time to time, the words that are currently irking the hell out of me. I know, excusing eternal damnation from my person seems like it should be a wondrous thing. But in this case, it’s not. These words, when misused or misspelled, just piss me off.
Wretched. There are plenty of people who are going to be shocked by what I’m about to say, but a ratchet is a “mechanism consisting of such a bar or wheel with the pawl.” Yes, you can “ratchet” something by moving it by some degree. But you are wretched (i.e., deplorable) if you mistake the word wretched for ratchet.
Looting. I linked this one because I want there to be no mistake. Looting is almost always looked upon as a negative thing. And so it should be because someone is taking advantage of a situation because they have the power to do so. But when people who are starving choose to procure food to live on from abandoned stores, it shouldn’t be classified as looting. It is surviving. Now, if you catch someone in a similar situation stealing plasma televisions, by all means, call it looting. But this simple (i.e., stupid) word choice annoys me. So does this next one.
Refugee. If there’s a natural disaster in your nation, and you’re left homeless IN YOUR NATION, you are not a refugee. You a victim of a natural disaster. A refugee seeks refuge — wow — in another country because of political upheaval or war. This one isn’t hard, yet I keep hearing this one used in reports concerning Haiti as well. It shouldn’t be that difficult to get considering that idiots in the media mistakenly called the people of New Orleans refugees a few years back.
Judgemental. This is as much of a word as conversate. The word is judgmental. I know it’s not a huge deal. But it irritates the hell out of me when someone says “don’t be so judgemental” and actually offers you the opportunity to judge him/her right in that instance. Just stick to typing #dontjudgeme or “Only God Can Judge Me.” Yeah, those work.