What’s more important to remember is that we misuse language like this all the time. It’s a perfectly normal part of the English language. See right there?
We’ll keep speaking that language. We’ll keep trying to convince you that we’re something other than what we are.
But because of the times, you might have to be a bit more oblivious about the way your language manifests racism because you know, you wouldn’t want people to flat-out call you a racist or something like that.
Words are beautiful.
Mokita (New Guinea) – Describing the truth everyone knows but nobody says.
Some have argued that no such thing exists independent of the language we speak — that our innermost subconscious representations and thoughts and categories for the world are all mutable by language.
“You’re SUCH an alcoholic, lol!”
Hi. My name is Ari Eastman, I identify as female, and I work on the internet.
I’ve spent half a lifetime wincing at incorrectly placed commas, mixed up words and split infinitives.
For a 40th year, Lake Superior State University has celebrated its freezing New Year in Michigan by issuing a list of “banished” words that we misuse or overuse. Pretty annoying. But if not “user-friendly” (they banished that phrase in 1984), the list does have its uses.