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Verbal Moratoriums

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?

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12 Responses

  1. Erin Cox says:

    Oh, the old “I hate to lose” line just makes Tim’s skin crawl and he goes off on some tirade about no one enjoying losing, unless, of course, that person is suffering from some sort of extremely low self-esteem and then that doesn’t really count because said person doesn’t know exactly what they want. Every time, I kid you not. All of this makes me laugh, so I almost kind of look forward to hearing someone say “I hate to lose.” Does that make me a loser?

  2. odgie says:

    You’ll always be a winner in my book, Erin.

  3. Trey Morgan says:

    “Awesome” post. The “awesome” one was my favorite. Thanks for the laugh.

  4. Kelli says:

    I actually like “we’re pregnant.” I mean, the woman didn’t get there alone. And if he’s a good man, he is feeling the pregnancy symptoms along with the woman… taking care of her and dealing with the mood swings, emotional breakdowns, and cravings. What a ride it is!! 🙂 But I see what you mean… “we’re having a baby” is better to say.

    My personal favorite is “they have to score more points if they are going to win.” NO JOKE! 🙂

  5. odgie says:

    Thanks Kelli. I get what you mean about the pregnancy thing, and I admit that my take on it is subjective.

  6. jdproctor says:

    “Universal health care is socialist.”

    It (and all those other things) are only not socialist because people misuse the term. They are “statist” and that, generally, is a bad thing. “Socialism” is a nice word because it gives the impression that “society” owns things. In fact, the State owns them. That’s worse, not better.

  7. odgie says:

    A valid point. However, in America, aren’t “society” and “state” supposed to be interchangeable? We are the government or state, right?

    Regardless, I don’t know that “socialized” medicine is the answer…but the current system is woefully inadequate. Medical care cannot be determined by margin of profit.

  8. jdproctor says:

    The are SUPPOSED to be, but they are not.

    “Medical care cannot be determined by margin of profit.”

    Unrestricted markets have lower profit margins than most people think. In fact, in perfect competition, goods are sold at the marginal cost, meaning only a very small amount of profit.

    The economic solution to healthcare doesn’t sound as pretty to the ear as many others, but it has one distinct advantage: it takes the “problems” with human nature and uses them to make people better. The rest of the theories try to gloss over or completely ignore human nature.

  9. odgie says:

    Jeff,

    Thanks for being willing to participate. It seems to me that regardless of cost of goods or services, the HMO structure is inherently flawed; the only way to maximize profits is to limit care.

    I am intrigued by (but not sold on) the idea of open market competition for health care; however, in such a market how do we keep the poor from getting hosed?

    Please elaborate on this statement from your previous comment:

    “The economic solution to healthcare doesn’t sound as pretty to the ear as many others, but it has one distinct advantage: it takes the “problems” with human nature and uses them to make people better. The rest of the theories try to gloss over or completely ignore human nature.”

    Which problems of human nature are you referring to?

  10. jdproctor says:

    Specifically, self-interest. Here’s a quote from Adam Smith:

    “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

    The same applies to healthcare professionals. Yes, we may get some care from people who just “want” to make people feel better. But the products that perform the best in the world are those from which people can gain by providing value to others.

    That is market economics. Not greed or any of the other bad words used to describe it.

    Also, a huge problem is healthcare regulation. Everything that keeps someone from providing healthcare (in a market) drives up costs. We don’t need more government participation, but less.

    Does every medical problem require an MD to treat it? Sure, there are PAs and other “less qualified” practitioners, but the healthcare industry is somewhat of a cartel (the insiders prevent new people from entering the profession by implementing unnecessary regulations).

  11. odgie says:

    Jeff,

    I agree that self-interest can motivate providers of goods and services to do their jobs well. And I don’t believe that market economics is inherently corrupt or the default choice of the greedy. However, it seems that you and I are talking about two different entities: you are talking about actual medical providers and I am talking about HMOs.

    Am I mistaken in thinking that HMOs are causing a lot of the problems, including interfering with the market by only allowing customers to go to certain doctors and hospitals, receive certain services, etc? Isn’t that over-regulation in it’s own right?

    Also, I have to return to my earlier question: in a market economy for medical care, how do we make sure that the working poor (who make too much money for public assistance but not enough to pay for insurance) don’t lose out?

  12. I don’t like the inappropriate placing of the word “much” in a sentence…..much.
    For instance, “Not a control freak…..much.”

    I also don’t like it when trendy women of any age say, “Thnx!” Instead of “thanks!”

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