March 15th, 2005

fishy wishy

Liberal

I really don't care what your political views are, this is not about politics, this is about the english language. I am tired of seeing a perfectly good and honest word twisted into derogatory term of hatred.

lib·er·al Pronunciation Key (lbr-l, lbrl)
adj.
  1. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.
  2. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.
There are other definitions, but one of the least is being a member of a political party founded on or associated with principles of social and political liberalism. Not that a party based on progressive reform has to be bad either.

Stop using this word that stands for tollerance and good as a slur against people. Stop using it as a blanket word for anyone who isn't right wing. Start using it correctly.

I say to you all: Claim this word back.

Use it correctly, post this in your journal (if you have one), correct people who use it without thinking. Make a damn stand. This is your language as well. Language is about progress, it evolves, don't let that evolution be one of hate.

[posted from Twilight Universe]