I refuse to use slang or diminutive “euphemisms”; I refuse to dumb down my speech for the approval of an anti-intellectual society, and I am making a series of images/quotes/memes — I actually don’t know the correct term for what they are — to encourage others to do the same.
I dislike slang because I dislike the principles behind it. Contemporary society disapproves of intelligence and of possessing high levels of positive energy. Thus, there is often the pressure to diminish oneself, one’s personality and capabilities, in order to “fit in” — or simply to evade societal attack.
I notice the acrimony in my words, but anger exists for a reason; one of which is to allow us to eliminate that in ourselves which hinders us, sickens us, and drags us down. I spent far too much time among people who looked upon me with disgust and condescension whenever I was being true to myself, belittling my values, my character, everything which I found meaningful, even the concept of seeking meaning. I am at a time in my personal evolution where I find it necessary to repair and reassert myself.
I refuse to lower my standards or to “dumb myself down” in order to “fit in” or (more precisely) to make social interactions pass more smoothly. I refuse to integrate with people who insist on doing this. If I must interact with them, I keep them at a distance and resist any of their contaminating influence.
I know no one in the world uses the (Latin) word “crustulum” — I intended this to be ironic. Yet, I also wanted to attack the ubiquitous slang words which have insidiously eaten their way into mainstream use. Recognizing them for what they are, I generally prefer to use a more eloquent term. (May I suggest the British English synonym, biscuit, for everyday use? It is also the French word.)
I prefer to be conscious of the words I use. On the subconscious level, language is more important than we currently understand. I regard my efforts toward for excellence in speech (as with everything) as basic cognitive hygiene. While I don’t care how other people prefer to live or represent themselves, I nevertheless appreciate seeing positive examples, and I seek to influence the social climate wherever I may, in the way of making it more favorable for the cerebrum.
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