Monday, June 18, 2012

Word of the Day: “Pride”

Pride is an old, a fine old word, accorded every respect and wary honor:  being after all the designator of Superbia, the deadliest of all the deadly sins.   Yet like another fine old word -- gay, once as gay as the village array  in the merry month of May -- it is in danger of being semantically kidnapped, or wordnapped:  and this, by the very forces that stuffed gay into their game-bag.  Pride has now become a euphemism or cover-term for the self-celebration of the Intrinsically Disordered.   We are now, in fact, in the middle of “Pride Month”.   Whether this has yet achieved federal legal status on the level of MLK Day, is unclear; yet at the facility where I work, we were all sent a letter sternly admonishing us to acknowledge, proclaim, and celebrate, the “immeasurable contributions”  made to our society by the likes of eunuchs and urnindes (and where I work, you can get fired for opining otherwise;  whence a certain Delphic quality in the phrasing of this post **).   Conditions deserving compassion, perhaps;  but scarcely something to crow about.

It is not pretty, but to keep matters in perspective, such prancing self-flattery is not nearly as lethal as that sin whereby Satan fell, losing all.  It does not really deserve that fierce old name of Pride.  Really, it is nothing but vainglory.

[Update 26 July 2012] ** You fancy I exaggerate?  Would that it were so!
This just in:

  To this latest act of French legislative folly, one reader responds with a linguistic joke:

Pour résoudre le problème du genre tous ces gens devraient demander leur naturalisation dans un pays de langue allemande puisque en allemand il y a trois genres.

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1 comment:

  1. I just had a conversation with someone who informed me that "LGBT" is so passe. Now the term is, "LGBTQIA": Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning, Intersex, and Allied. No, really. I think I'm going to start saying, "LGBTQIAS," but of course, that would mean every single last person out there.