9 Words That Need to be Abolished because they are full of bias, judgment, and meaning about who or what is automatically “correct” and “normal” in some cases and in other cases “incorrect” and “abnormal” and because they do not recognize… Read More ›
hidden power of words series
In this series, I dig deep and look at the fuller meanings and consequences of everyday diction.
As a writer, I regularly find it necessary to create new words and occasionally to redefine existing ones. I have done this in my academic writing, creative writing, and online writing. I believe we are not only permitted to “play”… Read More ›
Slightly over a year ago the Internet, liberals and conservatives alike, erupted in fury over Dr. Verenice Gutierrez’s comments about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the school where she is principal. These stories have been buzzing around the Internet… Read More ›
As a socially, culturally constructed celebration and more recently controversial holiday, Christmas tends to receive a great deal of attention from a variety of (dis)interested parties. In the blog article below, I primarily examine the rhetoric of It’s Beginning to… Read More ›
What’s the boundary between reasonableness, political correctness, and correctness and wrongness? I am specifically wondering about the language related to demographics on all the surveys we have to complete. (Everywhere you go now there is a survey to take on the… Read More ›