I was casually reading an article on how the PM has made himself look a bit of a tit today (there's usually one daily) when I came across the following abuse of the mother tongue:
Process-ology?! Are you mad?! Back in my day we just called that "the process", ffs!Asked whether Mr Cameron writes his own tweets, the spokesman said: "I'm not going to get in the process-ology of it but the prime minister's tweets are entirely his views."
So, my fellow 'geekers: what's the most offensive and egregious neologism you've come across?
"homophobe" (and related homophobic etc) - sadly it seems to almost be an accepted part of the language. I describe it as a 'made up hate word'. I abhor it.
"methodology" on the other hand is a real word but just misused. People talk about the project methodology. Methodology is a study of methods. It is not a method used.
The word has been used for 30 years "In 1982, homophobia was used for the first time in The New York Times to report that the General Synod of the Church of England voted to refuse to condemn homosexuality." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophobia
surely that's like hating the word rascist?
Homophobia by entomology should mean an "irrational fear" of "the same". In the context of phobia's, an irrational fear is something a persona can do very little about. An arachnophobe sees a spider and their reaction is instinctive and without any thought. In the original article the COE were not succumbing to some instinctive reaction - it was thoughtful, calculated bigotry based on theological doctrine. And that's my problem with the word - it excuses what is actually a choice to be a small minded bigot, as something that a person has no control over and that they cannot help. So the effect is "Oh, you're homophobic - well never mind, you can't help that can you" and society through the culture of language is led toward tolerance of the intolerant.
In the article referenced the homophobes were the COE, objecting on the grounds of religious doctrine.
But homophobia isn't tolerated anymore, it causes massive political s***storms!
It may not be tolerated, but it isn't eradicated! That said, I do work in a catholic school and homophobia is still closely monitored and cracked down on heavily. Even in faith schools such things aren't allowed.
The OED has the earliest reference to homophobia in this context from 1969.
The OED also has a different meaning, with references from 1920 and 1960, marked as rare, "Fear of men, or aversion towards the male sex; also, fear of mankind, anthropophobia."
Sure other terms that can mean to both fear and hate, like xenophobia and the like, must be equally as bad then?
Zenophobia - fear of Buddhists.
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