Words that bug me

There are lots of words that annoy me. Like ‘mush’ (rhyming with bush), which is what leigh’s father insists on calling my children’s mouths. He hates the word ‘kid’, so I try to use it at least three times for every time he says mush.

But the word that really drives me batty is tolerant. I can barely tolerate it. Really, I hate the way people use that word as though tolerance is something virtuous.

As in “Australia is a wonderful, tolerant country.”

Well, you know what? There’s nothing wonderful about tolerance. Tolerating something means putting up with it, because you think it’s impolite not to.

Tolerating gay people or people with little english or people who look or think differently is not the same as accepting them or embracing them.

It’s not even the same as being indifferent to them. I’ll take indifference over the condescension of tolerance any day, thanks.

Of course, intolerance is worse than tolerance, but it just shits me to no end that people who claim to be tolerant think they’re doing the world such a favour.


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    Danny said,

    Father-in-law to be……
    I suggest a little more tolerance towards the guy ! It may not be virtuous but it does contribute towards familiar harmony. :):):)
    So,,,,,,,Who said what to get up your nose?
    Sounds like you wrote this in a state of “Pissed off at someone” after the event.


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    red15 said,

    Nah, no one said anything. That word has just always given me the shits. Another one is ‘biodegradable’ – which used to be quite appealing but now really drives me crazy because it’s usually plastered across some product which is not going to biodegrade in 10 trillion years at the bottom of the pitch-black, airless landfill the manufacturers know it’s going to get tossed in. But that’s a whole ‘nother issue 🙂

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    Holly Garza said,

    I agree with you. I dislike “phony” people and “Tolerant” is just another way of being PC. I’d rather you dislike me then pretend to put up with me. I admire more a person to hate for who and what I am than pretend not too.

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