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What about the "G" word?

May 5th 2014 new

Today I read a half-page opinion in our paper about how someone used
the "R" word at a village meeting. The "R" word is like the "N" word, and
the "Vocabulary Police" don't want us to use either one. www.r-word.org

Then a few weeks ago, I was accosted for using another term. I used
the term "manic depressive." Well, you could have blown me away.
Someone got up in arms and reprimanded me for using it. They told me
I should use "bipolar" instead of "manic depressive" because it was not
politically correct. I told them that is what I learned the disorder was, and
that is what I call it. And I also said I don't aspire to be politically correct if
a term is a legitimate one and not offensive.

This brings me to the real point that I feel got lost in the politics. What about
the "G" word? Yes, our beloved word that the Jews will not even write on
paper. That word is used all over the media and comes out of mouths
along with all the other off-color words that anyone in their right mind
would not use if they had to display good behavior--like on a job interview.

Then there are other people who cannot speak without using the "F"
word. They "F" this and they "F" that. And they also use the "G" word
in the same breath without realizing the harm it really does.

Why doesn't the current "Vocabulary Police" get up in arms when
someone takes the Lord's name in vain?

May 5th 2014 new
It's clear that a culture focused on man creates a society based on injustice: a right conceived in a topsy-turvy way. Thence we get offended for how people judge us, but we don't get offended by their sin. Yours is an example of that.

May 5th 2014 new
Slightly off your topic but you did mention the "F" word. There does not seem to be censorship of the media anymore----radio, television. There are certain songs currently on mass radio stations where the "artist" is allowed to come as near to saying that offensive word as possible. You can hear part of the word and then it is just a case of the listener filling in the blanks.

I thought manic depression and bi polar were two different conditions?

I cringe when people use the "J" word disrespectfully.

When I was growing up my father would reprimand me for saying the word "gosh" because he felt it sounded too much like the "G" word!

I live in N.Y. and the "G' word is rarely heard in our secular daily life because it makes people uncomfortable. You know " don't talk about politics, religion or money" unless you want to stir things up with people.
May 5th 2014 new
(quote) Vincenzo-1014259 said: It's clear that a culture focused on man creates a society based on injustice: a right conceived in a topsy-turvy way. Thence we get offended for how people judge us, but we don't get offended by their sin. Yours is an example of that.

Beautifully said, Vincenzo......
May 5th 2014 new
(quote) Michelle-989480 said: Slightly off your topic but you did mention the "F" word. There does not seem to be censorship of the media anymore----radio, television. There are certain songs currently on mass radio stations where the "artist" is allowed to come as near to saying that offensive word as possible. You can hear part of the word and then it is just a case of the listener filling in the blanks.

I thought manic depression and bi polar were two different conditions?

I cringe when people use the "J" word disrespectfully.

When I was growing up my father would reprimand me for saying the word "gosh" because he felt it sounded too much like the "G" word!

I live in N.Y. and the "G' word is rarely heard in our secular daily life because it makes people uncomfortable. You know " don't talk about politics, religion or money" unless you want to stir things up with people.

Michelle, when I referred to the "G" word, I was referring to it being used in a
very derogatory way. Not just in speech. I know that a lot of people don't
speak about God in order not to offend others.

Also, the "J" word, which would be Jews, I suspect, does sound kind of
course depending on how one uses it. I am always careful how I word
my sentences so as to not sound curt or offensive.

Manic Depressive Illness and Bipolar Illness are the same illness. Years
ago Manic Depressive was more widely used.

My point exactly about the "F" word in the media. That word has always
been offensive, yet the "N" word and the "R" word have taken on a
whole new priority. Today they disregard the traditionally offensive words
but make a fuss if other words are used. Song and speech of artists use
the "N" word repeatedly as though they are the chosen people who can
rip apart that word without any consequence. It makes an outsider
look skeptically upon these new rules as an accepted way to bully
and control. The offended person thinks they have a perceived power
to take justice into their own hands and control the use of words. This
is the new normal unfortunately.

May 5th 2014 new
There's a website that one of my FB acquaintances often refers to: I "F-ing" Love Science. I asked her, couldn't they just say they love science? My 20 year old grandson is on FB too and uses questionable language occasionally but it's a cop-out to dismiss it as their generation and "that's just how they communicate." He's come to realize I'm watching! eyepopping

Our Holy Name Society recites the following before our monthly meetings:

Holy Name Pledge

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
I believe O Jesus, that Thou art the Christ,
.....The Son of the Living God.
I proclaim my love for the Vicar of Christ on Earth.
I believe all the sacred truths which the
.....Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches.
I promise to give good example
.....by the regular practice of my faith.
In honor of His Divine Name, I pledge myself
.....against perjury, blasphemy, profanity,
.....and obscene speech.
I pledge my loyalty to the flag of my country,
And to the God given principles of
.....freedom, justice, and happiness
.....for which it stands.
I pledge my support to all lawful authority,
.....both civil and religious.
I dedicate my manhood to the honor of the
......Sacred Name of Jesus Christ,
.....and beg that He will keep me faithful.
.....
to these pledges until death.

Taking the Lord's Name in vain should never be allowed to become commonplace, but alas it has. It is our duty to speak up and object when we hear it.

May 5th 2014 new
The Knights of Columbus has has to keep up with the times regarding our annual Tootsie Roll Campaign too. I remember when our cans used the word 'retarded,' then 'mentally handicapped,' and now it's 'mentally challenged.' Easy to dismiss unless you know a parent of a child who must deal with rude comments.
May 5th 2014 new
What about when you sing your hymn or all the traditional references to God? Do people feel uncomfortable in those moments too?

Actually I don't get what N stands for.
May 5th 2014 new
(quote) Vincenzo-1014259 said: Actually I don't get what N stands for.
Your guess, which has been removed from the post, was correct.

Said word is considered extremely offensive in the United States, if not in other countries.

May 5th 2014 new
(quote) Michelle-989480 said: I thought manic depression and bi polar were two different conditions?

They are the same. Mania - the high state - is one pole, depression is the opposite pole.

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