Sunday, October 16, 2016

The subjective 21st century=social acceptance

      It is pertinent to this blog to begin an ongoing reexamination of "word meanings" in the 21st century.
     SUBJECTIVE, as defined by online powered by Oxford Dictionaries, is based on, or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.  The synonyms are the essence of the 21st century cultural scene, where the personal, individual, instinctive, intuitive are endlessly explored in columns devoted to the "self" examination that sells 21st century selfie sticks like hotcakes with lots of addictive sugary syrup and doesn't put on pounds, but cultivates the "me" of the  21st century psyche. 
     LIE is according to a noun.  Also a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood, something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture: an inaccurate or false statement; a falsehood. Yet a LIE in the 21st century is also defined within a legal context when it has to do with public figures in government accused of wrongdoing.  The synonyms are prevarication, falsification and the antonym is truth, which in the 21st century applies to the media's latest task of "fact checking" that can be parsed in a "subjective" slant depending on the intent of the intent of the media management.
In the 21st Century does word definition now depend on social acceptance?
     The next Oxford English Dictionary (OED) will account for words with more than one meaning, nevertheless, a "subjective 21st century" demands proof whenever the lie identifies an action or statement as defined by the legality of the current laws, which may vary state to state, and differs from the federal.
     Can the prosecution of a lie can take place without proof in the subjective 21st century? If we examine the current political theatrical scene, the prosecution by the media is not legally binding, but each voter has to make a subjective decision in the voting booth, or perhaps not vote at all.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

does the noun Emperor have a special significance?

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I started this blog about words and meanings to illustrate how words are used to signify meanings that take on a political or social context.

According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, an Emperor is the sovereign or supreme male monarch of an empire—and that is a meaningful definition in a societal sense.

The Board of Directors of the most powerful global corporations are still male dominated.  And despite the advances of women in the marketplace, women still "fetch the water." To keep their position at the top of the glass ceiling, women willingly perform the task of visible representation to become the spokesperson for their male dominated Board of Directors.

Insofar as the use of "the Emperor has no clothes" figurative illusion, the sovereign or supreme male monarch doesn't need any clothes to mandate what he wants.

And politics being what they are in this election cycle, the Emperor is code for the power structure that wants no change, and those who are powerful in both political parties are determined that the Emperor gets his way in spite of the will of the people.

Will the powerful win?  Or will the people finally triumph?


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Re: the definition of "shame" & how "shame" is used

Currently in the USA at this end of 2015 the tactic of "shame" is a political juggerhead that is impacting the  election process—for example, the powerful journalist class who are not commentators continue report in ways that reflect their point of view, however when you are living in a democratic society, you make a deliberate choice that mandates acceptance of the assimilation of all creeds and ethnicities as the best way to remain free to think the "contrary" thoughts, but without being labeled by the definition of "shame" for thinking "contrary" thoughts.
According to the Merrium Webster Dictionary there are three main definitions:
1. conscious emotion of guilt that causes pain, re: a tactic that is used to create susceptibility to that pain
2. a humiliating condition
3. something to be regretted that deservedly brings censure or reproach.
"shame" used as a transitive verb compels acting in a specific way
Democratic societies that use the specific tactic of forcing (someone) to act in ways that remove "shame" by adhering to and practicing only the views that the powerful espouse are undemocratic, and that's no better than living in lands where the powerful class or so-called state use bombs and/or guns to enforce the correct opinion which effectively censures the freedom to think.
At the conclusion of 2015 and at the beginning of 2016, a new year, it's important to know what this word "shame" actually means.
The tactic of shaming is a powerful one whenever that particular tactic is used to label an opinion contrary to the established power, and all the more so during the year 2016, democratic societies will use this tried and true "public shaming" method as a tactic to enforce what is called "democratic" opinion in countries that live under democratic laws, but "shaming" impacts every citizen to compel & impel to adhere to the approved opinion just to be accepted and so remain unlabeled. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

a word emotional and significant + more

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The word bench has more than one significance, it also has an emotional connotation, as well a bench seats a certain kind of humanity who are often engaged, though they can be unengaged in what some do but there is a purpose for the bench in a certain kind of place.

There is bench law in a court where a judge sits.

And the bench can also be a ranking for a judge, yet this same word means a thwart in a boat, plus a bench is a seat where athletic members of a team sit but also for the reserve members of the team, and a place where justice is administrated.

Bench is a descriptive word as can be discerned from all of the above.

The significance is broadened with a mention of the office and thus the dignity of the person occupying the office, then bench can be a worktable that is longer, as well, a compartment platform with certain connotations that may be a place for domesticated animals.

I was encouraged to set down all of the above when a very pleasant man in my apartment building passed away, but I know that to him and to those who still use that bench in front of my apartment building, the bench is where companionship takes place among sometimes dissimilar souls who find their humanity by sharing their stories, as this does comes about in a public space put aside like a park or added to the landscaping of architecture, to signify that this is a place where an emotional connection can come about, either by choice or chance.

Words do have meanings that are not always obvious, but all words are part of the human alphabet of language that sets us apart from other species and celebrates our humanness.


Monday, May 26, 2014

There's something fishy about "abatement"

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The smell about the word "abatement" is fishy when you consider that "abatement" is used by builders who do renovations in apartment building built when the use of asbestos and other toxic substances were not considered dangerous but are there during the renovations that tear down walls, but is a reduction enough?

This business term "abatement" is used by government including the EPA to let the renovations be done in buildings with tenants.

The problem with construction "abatement" is that no ongoing tests are conducted, and if the construction process in  "abatement" is followed without conducting tests in a tenant's apartment who knows if the tenants in that apartment building are breathing in the odorless colorless toxic fumes of asbestos and other toxic substances being disturbed in the process of building renovations.

The fish smell is in the term "abatement" that means reduction but NOT elimination, yet this is how our government allows business as usual when business is conducted despite that the health of citizens can be jeopardized by this "business as usual" attitude—no doubt more than one will have to die for an investigation to take place—and the oncoming moral outrage will be covered thoroughly by the media.

The above happens to be a situation in which I am concerned, and I've used the word "abatement" in this blog of wordsandmeanings as a case in point about how the meaning of a word can matter—perhaps this will encourage my readers to look at how words are used.

When words are used that raise red flags, the word itself should prompt some inquiry and questions about your concerns.

Words do matter and so do the meanings of words.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A new version of the word journalist has a second word preface

It used to be that a "journalist" for a reputable newspaper reported the unbiased news, but now the online Merrium Webster dictionary notes that a "journalist is a writer or editor for a news medium" and also "a writer who aims at a mass audience."

And sadly, now the "unbiased" print reporting "journalist" is vanished and other than the PBS news reports that touts as 'unbiased" the preface word to "journalist" is now either "new journalist" or "advocacy journalist."  And both are featuring "subjective" responses to people and events, but the "new journalist" uses fictional techniques to put across a point of view. 

Though now that the "editorial page" has intruded via the "advocacy journalist" there is now the Pulitzer prize that has gone to the "advocacy journalist" Glen Greenwald and Laura Poitras the documentary film maker who made Edward Snowden a hero, and made NSA a villain who spies on everyone—they are railing against the US government violating our privacy, but they aren't US citizens just critics, and they are ADVOCATES OF A POINT OF VIEW, which is not referred to in the "PUBLIC SERVICE" category winners:   THE GUARDIAN and THE WASHINGTON POST.

This so called "public service" Pulitzer category touts Edward Snowden who stole the NASA files and now hides behind Vladimir Putin the chief protector of privacy in Russia—even the Silicon valley BTO's grant accolades for this theft of NASA secrets, and like THE NEW YORK TIMES which put in an Editorial that calls for Snowden to be given a "home free pass" back to the USA because he labeled NASA a privacy culprit, SNOWDEN THE HERO REIGNS SUPREME.

FYI:  Oddly, Google has recently admitted that all g-mails are inspected for advertisement placement, but then I doubt that a company like Google would hire an obvious drifter like Snowden who never stayed at a company long enough, ONLY NASA would hire the contractors of contractors who get the high security clearances they aren't entitled to.

And back to that now changed word "journalist" which still leaves open to conjecture what a journalist may investigate and uncover that is supposedly unbiased—it now seems that in this 21st century truth is fiction and the Emperor wears no clothes.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

ambivalence is global

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As for the word ambivalence, this is a great word to describe what is happening today in the global world of nations.  Sadly more are concerned with their own affairs, though when other countries act against the world order of things most countries may protest with words, but they behave with ambivalence, and their uncertainty as to which direction to follow is the pertinent definition of this word that also means:  simultaneous
and contradictory action.

The word ambivalence has a shrugging off sound, even an iffy intonation in a sentence that does convey the meaning, and this word was first used in 1909, the origin is from the International Scientific Vocabulary.  And  history tells a telling tale:  World War I was on the horizon and it started with a dispute between 2 countries, but then the dispute got out of hand, and the world became involved.

The problem with the world order of things is that other kinds of interdependence between nations may result in ambivalence when it comes to declaring a loud and clear "no" to any violators of what is not accepted between countries.

Time will tell whether the nations of the world can practice ambivalence about those kinds of unacceptable behaviors.

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