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Word Over UsagePosted Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 10:41 AM
This has been creeping in the narrative over the past week and the first time I read about I had never really thought about how overused this particular word has been not only completely overused, but with that over usage the true meaning of the word has been completely lessened.
That word is rape. It used to be an uncomfortable word to use. When a person heard the word rape they thought of horrible things done to unwilling victims. Now? Not even close.
It seems like every segment of our society uses the word now and with that the true meaning of the word rape has been lost.
This is not a left-right, liberal-conservative, Democratic-Republican thing. We are all guilty of either changing the meaning of the word or sitting back and allowing the meaning to be changed. We can look almost every where and see the word being used.
Politics, naturally, has seen the biggest use of the word to describe seemingly everything. Both Republican and Democrats have used the word extensively to talk about bills going through Congress. It is not only in the government that is over using the word. When protests occur (left or right) you can always expect to see at least one sign decrying the rape of the American people.
Another segment of the population that is over using the word are gamers, specifically teen gamers. If you have ever listened in on an online game taking place it is quite amazing the language that goes on, unchecked. But it is the players that constantly use the word rape in telling a fellow gamer what they are going to do them during a game is quite honestly unbelievable. I fully believe it is because most of them do not even know what the real definition of rape is. They simply think that it is a cool word to use online to try to intimidate another player. There are steps in place on many game systems to control it, but it takes other players reporting the players that use this and other language to help and often a player who is being told they are going to be raped by another player do not think anything of it.
Rape is a very hurtful and painful word to those who have been a victim to it and I can not imagine what they think of it when they hear it on television to describe something that at the end of the day really is not all that important.
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