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Wed Apr 24, 2024, 08:48 PM Apr 24

The Words (and phrases) That Have Silenced Me [View all]

(Is 'Semitism' even a word? Is 'Pro-Semitism'?)
Jewish Homeland
Jewish State

None of these words, apparently, means what I used to think it meant. Use of any of these words seems to have a very high chance of triggering misunderstanding, conflict, dismissal, assumptions, and/or confusion.

I would like to discuss what is going on right now, in that part of the world, but I daren't.

I am silenced by the words that have too many meanings to too many people, all different, all of whom seem certain that anyone who doesn't share THEIR understanding of the word(s) must be vile or stupid, or both.

In all the years we have had the capacity, here on DU, to auto-trash articles based on a topic, I have used it but rarely, and then only for minor annoyances (I believe the phrase "poll says" is still on my auto-trash list.) Certainly not for big, important topics where discussion might be the only hope of raising the light-to-heat ratio and promoting shared goals such as preventing Putin from stealing another election and implementing autocracy in America.

But this defeats me.

Silence it is.


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I hear you Joinfortmill Apr 24 #1
Same here. I stay out of these discussions because I'm sure Ocelot II Apr 24 #2
Agree KT2000 Apr 24 #3
When the topic is uncomfortable for me, I base my own jury decisions strictly on whether the poster Earth-shine Apr 24 #9
I am more likely to vote to hide the an I/P post, if it is a close call than I am any other post accused of being Ms. Toad Apr 24 #20
Do you talk about these topics face-to-face with people? Jim__ Apr 24 #4
Only rarely. We don't get out much. n/t TygrBright Apr 24 #5
Silence is the best course. The very few times I chose to speak about these words/issues I almost . . . . Stinky The Clown Apr 24 #6
I agree with that type of list. But it can be much larger: libtard, rwnj, maga, maggat, neocon, etc. erronis Apr 24 #7
Many times I stop before hitting send. haele Apr 24 #8
It seems many people think admitting a word might mean something different to someone else is ceding too much power... Silent3 Apr 24 #10
There's a reason there's an I/P forum here on DU. herding cats Apr 24 #11
I've also declined to participate... Ohio Joe Apr 24 #12
It can't happen soon enough for me MustLoveBeagles Apr 24 #15
My only two OP posts on the topic are in that group. It would take guts to post them here. LeftInTX Apr 24 #18
yes Hekate Apr 24 #13
I've mostly stayed away from these threads MustLoveBeagles Apr 24 #14
2nd rec! Niagara Apr 25 #31
Thanks MustLoveBeagles Apr 25 #32
The trash button. Is that so one removes it from his view? Pompoy Apr 24 #16
Yup. There's just no point in trying to have a conversation. Ms. Toad Apr 24 #17
Words do have meanings, and... AnrothElf Apr 24 #19
This message was self-deleted by its author dalton99a Apr 25 #21
Sadly fascinating Behind the Aegis Apr 25 #22
Sadly fascinating indeed Doc Sportello Apr 25 #30
It's been surprising and disappointing ecstatic Apr 25 #23
another acknowledgment DontBelieveEastisEas Apr 25 #25
I'm with you 98% of the time DFW Apr 25 #24
That's really a shame because you are a well-spoken poster. Brenda Apr 25 #26
But that's the propaganda! New Opposite World definitions to words really took off in 2015/16 to attack Democrats. betsuni Apr 25 #27
Very well stated! n/t DFW Apr 25 #29
Working towards peace for all is what matters. PuraVidaDreamin Apr 25 #28
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