Monday, January 9, 2012

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

~ Inigo Montoya, "The Princess Bride"

One of the things that perturbs me on a regular basis is when a word is used by someone, usually in a quasi-authoritative manner, and it's obvious that they don't know fuck all what it really means.

Say, for example, the word "factoid" - it actually means something that isn't really true, but is presented as such.  Then so many talking bobble heads and others on the tee vee started using it interchangeably with "fact" and then threw the actual word they wanted completely out the window.

And so it scorches the cockles of my black, little heart when I see yet another misuse of a word.  But it is not a surprising thing coming from one of the GOP "presidential" field.

Ron Paul: ‘Entitlements are not rights’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul claimed on Sunday that Americans don’t have a right to entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.
Seriously.  This guy is presidential material.  Of course he is!  He's brilliant compared to the other dim/sparking bulbs he's competing against.  The article then points out:
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of entitlement is “a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract.”
 These things make my brain cry.

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