Here is yet another comment about civility or the lack thereof within the blogosphere. I am someone who appreciates language and the power of words. I enjoy expanding my vocabulary and find posts such as this one to be interesting.
One of the reasons that I enjoy blogging is that it is an easy way to practice writing. The objective in every post is to create something eloquent and interesting to read. Part of doing that is learning how to use my vocabulary more effectively than I do now. Sometimes I am successful and other times I judge my posts to be horrible.
But this is why I practice and this is part of why I read so many different authors. I enjoy the change in styles and look for practical tips that I can apply to my own writing.
It would be unfair to claim that I have never made any mistakes or never offended any readers. Both apply to me. It would also be untrue for me to claim that I am a defender of P.C. terms. I am not. At the same time I am aware of the words that I use and intentionally refrain from some because I view them as being exceptionally offensive.
I think that there are moments in which some of the exceptionally offensive words are necessary and useful. These are few and far between.
That being said, there is a term that someone coined that I find a bit offensive. It is leftard.
As you can imagine it is a term that is used derisively to describe liberals and people on the left.
It is an ugly word. That is part of why some people like to use it to disparage others. Again, I do not claim to have never crossed the line. But the beauty of having your own blog is that you can share thoughts and you can demonstrate that the world is not black and white.
This particular word bothers me because of its etymology. I went to school with some mentally challenged individuals who teased by other students. They were called all sorts of ugly names. In tenth grade I had a fist fight with another student because he called one of them a retard.
So maybe I can point to this time as being the basis for my distaste for this word. What I do know for certain is that I have never seen it used by a person who had a strong command of the language and or an ability to debate a point using fact and logic. Somewhere out there is an exception to this rule, but I haven’t met them.
It is a sad thing. With the coming presidential election I hope that we see less mud slinging and more critical thought. It is not that much to ask, is it.