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Have we destroyed perfectly good words??

by Steven Haninger / February 7, 2006 11:44 PM PST

It seems one can no longer use the words liberal or conservative in other than political expressions without adding a qualifier to the statement or risk being incorrectly understood. If you injure yourself and your medicinal salve says to ''apply a ''liberal'' amount to the wound era'', does this mean to glob it on without worrying about waste or harm to the environment (as one might say is characteristic of a Conservative), or does it mean to use it sparingly and carefully after much thought and personal anguish (as one might say is characteristic of a Liberal)? How many other words have lost or changed their perceived definitions or references due to popular or common usage? How many folks here still like to ''Don their ''gay'' apparel'' at Christmas time?:)

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Words evolve.
by Dan McC / February 7, 2006 11:58 PM PST

Check out what's happened to "nice" over the years.


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Nice Link !
by grimgraphix / February 8, 2006 1:17 AM PST
In reply to: Words evolve.

Very interesting and a site I will have to explore further.

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Remember when you could
by duckman / February 7, 2006 11:59 PM PST

"bum a ***?"

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Perhaps at least one Moderator
by John Robie / February 8, 2006 1:10 AM PST

at Christmas time.

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You forgot
by Glenda / February 8, 2006 1:12 AM PST

Halloween! That's when the skirt comes out Devil

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(NT) (NT) ;-)
by John Robie / February 8, 2006 1:15 AM PST
In reply to: You forgot
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on a consertative scale of 1 to 10
by jonah jones / February 8, 2006 1:31 AM PST

i would say that liberal amounts of alcohol are a 10


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Not by everybody.
by Angeline Booher / February 8, 2006 1:36 AM PST

I admit that politics does impact many, or arguably most, aspects of our lives, for me it is not the most important, or even interesting, topic of conversation. So the words you cite continue to have perfectly good usage. Not everyone has stained liberal and conserative, even when capitalized. Though gay is the word selected by that community, it does not effect it's other usage, just as queen does not.

Sure, some do see these words as being always exclusive to how they are sometimes used.

But heck, I remember when Republican and Democrat only identied a political party, not as bastions of evil that some now see them. I'll add Moderate as being unseemingly in some eyes.

I think when we get away from politcal stuff the words are not destroyed.

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Can you say?
by hh / February 8, 2006 2:19 AM PST

I am liberally conservative, or, conservatively liberal?

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(NT) (NT) I mangle them everyday (LOL)
by Roger NC / February 8, 2006 11:22 AM PST
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