Friday, February 17, 2006

arguably, allegedly and other waffles

People are afraid of making declarative statements. We now have phrases like "arguably the best", which really means nothing. If you think something is the best, just say so. Some folks will disagree, some won't. We now say "alleged" criminal, even when the person has confessed, or been caught red-handed. Are we that afraid of being sued? or of being wrong?

We are taking the teeth out of our language, and we are stripping true meaning from our discourse. We say "collateral damage" when we mean more stuff got destroyed than we aimed for. "Mistakes were made", not "I screwed up".

We can't even apologize properly anymore. What happened to "it's my fault" or "I'm sorry"? I don't think "if anyone was offended, that was not my intent" even vaguely resembles an apology. If you did something wrong, step up to the plate and admit it, and accept responsibility for it.

I swear I'm going to make t-shirts that say "Just Say It".

1 comment:

David said...

Amen to that!! Point your fingers at politically correctness. The whole premise behind "no one should get offended by anything" is crap