Thursday, March 21, 2013

Misusing Words

I'm fed up with the misuse of the word 'phobia.'

If someone has no rational point for disagreement with me, they toss 'phobe' on the end of a word and hurl it at me during the discussion. For some reason this passes as intellectual ammo in today's sound bite world.

A 'phobia' is defined as a pathological fear of something or someone. It is irrational in nature and spurs unreasonable thought or action in the suffering individual.

However, my informed disapproval or rejection of a stated action or idea does not make me a 'phobe' of any stripe or color simply because someone repeatedly screams it at me. Grow up, get a coherent thought, or shut up.

That is all.
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