Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Words that have lost their original meaning

Homeland: Sounds like anywhere but the U.S., our home. This word is supposed to evoke patriotism? To me it evokes the sense-memory-aroma of a hearty soup.

Progress: Is now synonymous with failure. We're making "real failure".

Scandal: At one time, this word was used rarely, because scandals themselves were rare. Now the word, and the deeds, have become so commonplace that we'll need to come up with a new word to jolt us out of our indifference.

Draft: Was: What the government did to bolster the military. Is: What we do to entice Al Gore to run.

Ethics: Once revered, now so abused that mouth-to-mouth is required...an intimate act that brings us to back the word "scandal", which has impacted our ethics.

Privilege: Immunity-turned-abomination. Such a nice word. "Driving is a privilege, not a right." Now it's, "Privilege is a right, not a privilege, if you're part of the executive branch."

Iraq: I remember when it used to refer specifically to a country. Now it implies perpetual occupation, devastation, and divisiveness. "I'm against Iraq" now means you're anti-policy, not anti-an entire area.

Contractor: Used to be: Someone who overcharged for a kitchen makeover, and didn't complete the work. Now: Mercenaries with little or no accountability who don't complete the work.

Security: Something we used to enjoy.

Failure: See: Bush.


At 11:24 AM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Who gets up this early??

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post: Smart, insightful, thought provoking.
You should get up this early every morning.

Also, hey, remember when patriot was a desirable thing to be?


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