Lately, when I read about hate-driven, bigoted and utterly stupid political acts by tiny-minded cretins with venom sacs for brains, I immediately feel like writing a blog post. Then I remind myself: not enough hours in the day.
I can’t write about every hate-driven, bigoted and utterly stupid idea that drives cretinous imaginations, so I’m laying off the specific legislation that inspired this post. While there’s something cathartic about putting my opinion out there, it doesn’t take long to realize that the old saw “pick your battles” does encourage me to leave time to grade papers, hike in the woods, brush teeth, and scan the position descriptions on both HigherEdJobs.com and non-academic sites.
Nevertheless, I’m a true believer that both actions and words can make a difference, and any individual can use both of those to spur change. It’s really the intersection of those ideas that this post is about.
Want to change something? Change the language. Make up a word, then go out and use it.
We do it all the time. Among the Oxford English Dictionary’s list of hundreds of new words for June 2015 is “carnapping.” In use for some time, the word is now official — along with the like of “e-cig,” “eliminationism,” and “wuss,” to name just a few.