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mcouture, language policeman, reporting for duty (2)

I'm tolerant. You can say these things if you must; language is metaphor, after all. But what's a meta for, anyway?

1. It bugs me when the headlines on the TV "news" are posed as questions: "Is Climate Change a Fraud?" "Does the President Want to Take your Guns?" etc. It strikes me as a mere rhetorical device to editorialize while posing as being open-minded and fair.

2. It bugs me when business organizations refer to themselves as "families." They are not families, although they might be equally dysfunctional. I like the Brooklyn Nets, but today on Facebook: "Happy 4th of July from the Brooklyn Nets Family." But they just traded Gerald Wallace to Boston. So, one day he's part of the family and the next day he isn't? "I just traded my brother to the Smiths for Daisy and a sibling to be named later." It's like when they call houses "homes," even if nobody lives there.

3. It bugs me when people say (this may be university jargon), "we are not married to the idea that ..." What they mean is "we are not committed to the idea that..." If language is intrinsically metaphorical, and marriage is in some ways synonymous with commitment, then it makes perfect sense to say this. That doesn't mean it doesn't make me cringe.

4. One thing I do like is that the pharmaceutical companies are obliged to talk about the potential side effects of their drugs in their commercials. This makes for some entertaining TV: "Possible side effects include severe depression, strange thoughts, angry behavior, nausea, vomiting, death, dizziness, dysentery, cardiac arrhythmia, varicose veins, darkened stool, darkened soul, hemorrhoids, virginity, mild discomfort, vampirism, and a mild rash. Ask your doctor if Stupenda is right for you."
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