If you've been reading my maundering for a minute, dear reader, you know that I adore language. Word play delights me and finding new words with which to express myself is always marvelous.
What bothers me, sometimes to the point of head-twisting, eyeball-rolling, fire-spitting fury is the misuse of language.
Take, for instance, the phrase "reverse discrimination".
Discrimination of the second definition has become an ugly word, a verb as well as a noun, and it is not a nice label to be pinned with. It is, sadly, still quite active everywhere, and many types of people have experienced it.
To reverse is to go backwards form or opposite to some reference point.
So what, I ask you, is "reverse discrimination"? Does that mean that one is indiscriminate? Does it mean that one is inclusive rather than exclusive?
"Reverse discrimination" is nonsense. It matters not if one is black, white, purple, or green, male, female, or somewhere in between, if one is treated differently, as lesser or greater, because of the color of one's skin, who one worships, who one loves...? One has experienced discrimination. Period.
Would someone please inform the press and various religious, political, and racial groups of this? The slinging about of the phrase "reverse discrimination" is making my head ache.