- Political Correctness, which is the most obvious culprit, is not just politeness run amuck. PC is a planned policy designed in the 30’s by a Marxist think tank as a method to destroy Western culture. Look up the Frankfurt School (Lund). People are being shunned, verbally attacked, sued, and fired over using terminology that might be construed as offensive by some imaginary someone, somewhere. People who fall into the PC trap assume that if we call a spade a porcupine, it will grow spines.
- Even worse, “someone” is redefining words, boldly using them in outrageously incorrect ways and doing it often enough that the careless among us hop aboard, and help rob the original terms of their meanings. I think of the verb “hate,” which now can only be done by a conservative and refers to the act of disagreeing with a liberal. “Hate” used to be a negative, oftentimes violent emotion, but no longer. Guess we’ll have to make due with “antipathy,” but the Greek words never have the zing of the old Anglo-Saxon ones.
- That same “someone” is inflating words, blowing their definitions way out of proportion. “Harass” used to mean aggressively, negatively, repeatedly bugging another person. Now, it just means telling an off-color joke. “Abuse” used to mean seriously, violently harming another individual. Now, in some circles, it is used for normal parental discipline.
- We also see words defined down to avoid calling a spade a spade. Recently, Obama was caught telling an outright lie about bridges that needed repairing. His spokesperson said he had merely “over-suggested.” Oh, that’s what they call it now.
Let each of us listen and read with sharpened intent. Let each of us choose what we say with pure truth in mind. Let each of us speak up when we see our language being bent into the grotesqueries that currently fill our national airways. Let’s begin with total respect for one of God’s greatest gifts – the word.