That's Not What That Means....
edited: Saturday, February 11, 2006
By S. J. Reisner
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Posted: Saturday, February 11, 2006
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Learning to speak English.
I can't believe I keep having to tell people this. If you're going to speak English - we already have a book that contains AGREED UPON MEANINGS of words. It's called a dictionary.
I think people need to look in the dictionary MORE OFTEN because it seems to me there is a lot of confusion. Especially among political types. It seems everyone and their mother seems to be throwing around "liberal" as a bad word, and accusing everyone opposite their party of being fascist and socialist etc... and it's SO obvious the people using these words don't know what they mean.
So I thought I'd share with people, through my blog and here at Author's Den, the REAL meanings of these words since our government and "special people" like Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly have effectively helped slaughter the English language. If you have that kind of power over the masses (i.e. a TV show or are writing for newspapers), you have a moral obligation, IMO, to at least TRY to speak/write properly.
Quite frankly - the misuse of these words makes politicians, TV personalities, and journalist types look stupid.
All I'm asking is if you're going to speak the language (especially in a public venue like on TV) -- use the right word in the proper context or close your pie hole.
LIBERAL: Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded. Of, relating to, or characteristic of liberalism. Liberal Of, designating, or characteristic of a political party founded on or associated with principles of social and political liberalism, especially in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.
Tending to give freely; generous: a liberal benefactor. Generous in amount; ample: a liberal serving of potatoes. Not strict or literal; loose or approximate: a liberal translation. Of, relating to, or based on the traditional arts and sciences of a college or university curriculum: a liberal education.
Archaic. Permissible or appropriate for a person of free birth; befitting a lady or gentleman.
Obsolete. Morally unrestrained; licentious.
MY NOTE: Notice how Liberal does not mean socialist, fascist, or Nazi.
CONSERVATIVE: Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change. Traditional or restrained in style: a conservative dark suit. Moderate; cautious: a conservative estimate. Of or relating to the political philosophy of conservatism. Belonging to a conservative party, group, or movement. Conservative Of or belonging to the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom or the Progressive Conservative Party in Canada. Conservative Of or adhering to Conservative Judaism.
Tending to conserve; preservative: the conservative use of natural resources. n.
One favoring traditional views and values. A supporter of political conservatism.
Conservative A member or supporter of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom or the Progressive Conservative Party in Canada.
Archaic. A preservative agent or principle.
FASCISM: often Fascism A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government. Oppressive, dictatorial control.
SOCIALISM:Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy. The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat has not yet been successfully achieved.
COMMUNISM:A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members. Communism A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people.
The Marxist-Leninist version of Communist doctrine that advocates the overthrow of capitalism by the revolution of the proletariat.
No - I'm NOT mincing semantics. These are the real definitions of these words. If the definitions have changed, someone better inform the dictionary folks. That's all for today's lesson.
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|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by Jill Christine Carpenter
|I liked this article. What struck me as funny though is that with only a few small exceptions the definition of Fascism seems to describe Microsoft, the BSA, the RIAA, the MPAA, ClearChannel, AT&T, a few cable companies, and the Mafia.
I personally think we've been looking in the wrong direction for who weilds all the political power in the USA...but that's another rant for another time.
Journalists these days do little more than repeat the press releases they are handed...and the words they use are defined any way the advertisers wish. It's called "spin"...
See what a great article you wrote? :o) You sure got me going! Thanks for writing it, I enjoyed it very much and cheered all the way through it. Good job! Jill