On my old blog one of the most popular posts I ever wrote was on moratoriums I would like to see. In that spirit, I have compiled a list of words and phrases that I think we hear or read a little too often. Of course, readers are invited to add their own if they wish.
· “We’re pregnant.” No, she’s pregnant, and you’re just along for the ride buddy.
· “But my situation is different.” Difficulty in your marriage does not justify adultery, financial problems don’t justify stealing, and having a bad day doesn’t justify taking it out on every person you encounter.
· “I know it’s terrible but…” If you know it’s terrible, then don’t say/do/act like it.
· “Totally” I totally don’t need to elaborate on this, do I?
· “Liberal” and “Conservative” Especially in the context of religion. These two terms have been so abused that they are almost completely devoid of meaning. The truth is that everyone is somebody’s idea of a liberal and everyone is somebody’s idea of a conservative.
· “Hitler was a Christian/Atheist” These are common misperceptions that people love to sling around, especially in on-line discussions of religion, to prove their point: either that “Christianity is bad!” or “All atheists are bad!” The truth is that Hitler tended to agree with whoever his target audience was on the subject of religion. See this article at “The Straight Dope.”
· “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” This is not the catch-all response to adversity that some people think it is.
· “Awesome!” Man walking on the moon is awesome. Cures for fatal diseases are awesome. Your car being ready on time after an oil change, while fortunate and convenient, is not awesome.
· “Universal health care is socialist!” If this is true, then public schools, public libraries, public roads, and police and fire departments are socialist as well.
· The “disadvantaged” excuse No, life is not fair and we don’t all start out on a level playing field, but how do these facts justify murder or rape?
· “I don’t like to lose.” Oh, so you’re that guy. Giving your best and beyond is competitive; pouting, losing your temper, and blaming everyone else is poor sportsmanship.
Now how about you, gentle readers?