Languages and cultures are always changing. People all over the world like to talk in the latest slang. Over time, dialects, argot, and new languages come into being. It’s a natural thing. Within occupational and social groups new lingo just seems to pop up. New words find their way into common usage. I think that’s cool. Cultural evolution. I can handle that. But what confuses me and gets me all mixed up, and crazy, and in a heck of a tizzy, are all these new political words! All these euphemisms and dog whistles. It makes me wag my tail and bark. And I never know what they really mean.
What’s mixed messaging, for instance? As I see it, one of the messages has to be false. So, doesn’t mixed messaging mean lying? Sometimes it seems there’s a program of misinformation (lying again). Today we can talk about alternate facts. Before you know it, you’re dealing with false narratives.
It’s all part of the politization, which results from the identity politics, and identity politics is closely related (through the demographics) to culture politics and diversity issues. I can’t get my head around any of these words, but somehow I know I don’t like them.
I guess I have to remember that we have a transactional President. However, after four harrowing years of despair I still don’t know what transactional means.
There’s one new word that describes it all and that I finally get: It’s Unprecedented. It’s a euphemism for “OMG, that’s illegal, ain’t it?”