Word Abuse

Five day. Shift from week in to week out. Yuck! And a middle of week holy day next week. More YUCK! 

So in such a good mood, I thought I would exercise some bile. Especially on misuse of words by bogs. And other cockroach-human hybrids.

First, the misuse of the word “official”. I was set of this morning by a link to a news article entitled: “Elon Musk has officially started digging a tunnel under Los Angeles (TSLA)” that came to be via ‘News Republic’. [Link] Upon seeing this abomination I immediately checked my trusty dictionary client ( one of the advantages of Linux over Winders, incidentally!) and found that an official is

“Official    1. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust; as, official duties, or routine.  2. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of     authority; as, an official statement or report.”

The point being is that Mr. Musk is not a proper officer or authority and hence cannot act “officially”. And the bloody (excuse the English profanity) journalists are vertically copulating the language and the information once again.

The only humans who can do “official” things are members of government, either elected or meritorious. And the latter are much more to be trusted since the former are usually sociopaths and pathological prevaricators. 

Second, the misuse of the word “normal”. I hear this consistently misused. Such behavior is to be expected from bogs, and one may derive a bit of amusement from lecturing them on their abuse and ignorance so long as one stops short of inciting them to their habitual (and enjoyed) violence, but not from people of some degree of education. 

To my knowledge there are three meanings associated with the word “normal”. The first two are mathematical, indicating an orthogonal relationship to something else, or that a function is bounded over some range. The third is chemical, and specifies the concentration of some molecular (ionic) species in solution. 

As commonly used by the boggerate, “normal” is used in place of “modal”, perhaps because of the almost universal acalculacy among bogs. That is, their inability – handicap – to understand or perform any maths except phalanges enumeration. 

End of bile outpouring.