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The latest example of why I love Jon Carroll 
26th-Aug-2011 09:28 am
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From today's column:
I wish I knew what a "typical liberal" is - the word has meant so many different things in its lifetime, and even now means something else in the United States than it does in England, Australia or Canada.

But it doesn't really matter what it means, because Fox News has taught its followers that "liberal" is an all-purpose ad hominem epithet. A liberal is a person who believes things other than what you believe, and as such is very close to committing treason with his mouth. It's like "bastard," a word that used to have a very specific meaning (and still does, in legal contexts) but now just means "a bad person." This is a slander on bastards everywhere, but no one has yet thought to fight that fight.

"Bitch" is another one. Used to be a female dog, now it means "a woman who dishonors her sex by being intolerant of sundry amusing games and remarks." Or so it seems to me. There are also, of course, really rotten women in the world, and I choose to call them "really rotten women."
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26th-Aug-2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Have you ever noticed how rarely women are called "jerks" or "assholes"? I think those terms are appropriate and non-gender-specific, so I tend to use them. In the UK, it's perfectly fine, and perhaps only mildly insulting, to call a man a "cunt" or a "twat" (the latter is probably slightly milder). Not sure whether it's okay to call a woman either of those. In the US those are about the worst words you can use, and they only seem to apply to women.
27th-Aug-2011 12:19 am (UTC) - he's a local treasure
jon carroll should have a pulitzer by now, shouldn't he?
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