Words Have Meaning (And That’s Double Plus Ungood)

There’s nothing new in the SJWs’ current attempt to hijack our language by using words in ways that don’t fit their meanings found in common dictionaries. That method of trying to control the parameters of thought and argument was old when Orwell wrote his essay on Newspeak.

Sarah Hoyt has an essay over at PJ Media about her experience with The Semantic Whoredom of the Left. She has an interesting perspective as someone trained in linguistics who is not a native-speaker of English.

But it wasn’t until l’affaire prom dress that I realized it wasn’t just their etymology that was faulty but that these people had in fact built themselves an entirely new language, with words that are in common use, kidnapped, raped, and made to parade in public with disfiguring makeup.  Or if you prefer, with words that are in common use voided of their signification, and filled with meanings they were never meant to have, meanings that can only be understood if you share the basic assumptions of leftist liberals.


It’s quite possible that the true believers are effectively beyond our reach.  But we should try to force those who are new converts, freshly spewed from universities where the cult is taught, to unpack their assumptions and confront the real meaning of words.

Making them read dictionary definitions, and a bit of history is a good beginning.

Above all, do not accept their definition.  Fight against it.  They’re holding perfectly good words captive and making them commit acts against their nature.

And corrupting language is corrupting thought.

Read the whole thing.

They’ve got be be carefully untaught.

Follow the Money

Recently, there was a disruptive student protest at NYU. National Review reports

NYU administrators showed little patience for the activists disrupting the proceedings at the Kimmel Center for University Life. But how to dissolve the protest? It turned out that there was no need to bring in the police. Ringing up the students’ parents was all it took. The phone calls advised parents that students who interfered with campus functions could be suspended, and that suspensions can carry penalties of revoked financial aid or housing. The students “initially planned to stay indefinitely,” notes the Voice’s report. “Instead, the students departed within forty hours.”


Read the whole thing.

I’m So Old …

… I remember when it was students who were disciplined for crude speech. The College Fix reports that

Just before Christmas, a judge overturned the University of Southern California’s 2016 sexual-assault finding against an accused student, deeming him the victim of a process that was not “fair, thorough, reliabl[y] neutral and impartial.”

One of the errors made by the private institution? The Title IX coordinator and investigator repeatedly called the male student and his adviser “motherfuckers” after they forgot to hang up on a call with them.

Oh, and they called the female student accusing him “a catch.”

USC’s tuition and fees typically exceed $72,000 a year.

Well, Since You Asked …

Someone has posted a set of questions that an intersectional feminist should ask on a first date. Now that I’m a widower, I suppose I may ask a lady out for a date one of these days, but I doubt that I would find an intersectional feminist attractive. However, I’ve decided to post my answers to the questions.

Here goes—

1. Do you believe that Black Lives Matter? No more than any other lives.

2. What are your thoughts on gender and sexual orientation? Gender is a property of nouns and pronouns—but not living organisms. Proper sexual orientation is the acceptance of the fact one’s sex as determined by one’s DNA.

3. How do you work to dismantle sexism and misogyny in your life? I try to practice the good manners my mother taught me.

4. What are your thoughts on sex work? It’s sinful.

5. Are you a supporter of the BDS movement? Of course not. I’m a gentile Zionist.

6. What is your understanding of settler colonialism and indigenous rights? I wonder if countries such as Zimbabwe might be more prosperous and have freer political systems in the colonial powers had spent another generation or two in transitioning colonies to self-sufficiency and had redrawn boundaries in harmony with the ethnicities of the indigenous peoples.

7. Do you think capitalism is exploitative? All human economic systems are exploitive, but market capitalism seems to provide the best long-term results for the largest number of folks.

8. Can any human be illegal? No, but a person’s acts may be.

9. Do you support Muslim Americans and non-Muslim people from Islamic countries? Support them in what? Be more specific with your question.

10. Does your allyship include disabled folks?  Allyship? Ah, a new buzzword. Look, disabled folks need to be allowed to be as fully engaged in society as they are able. OTOH, they need to accept realistic limitations on what they can do. Or do you favor granting driver’s licenses to the blind?

Satire is dead. The humorless have killed it.

UPDATE—Sarah Hoyt explains why those questions are actually meaningless.