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Cynique last won the day on November 16

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    Anything that provides me with clues to the mysteries of life, particularly where its follies are concerned. The current of events, the amusement of show biz and the opinions of other posters occasionally command my interest also.
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    @Troy Now you're playing the victim. SMH. I wasn't exactly in the dark about your sentiments. There was never any doubt that you didn't agree with where i was coming from, or that you despised the word mansplaining and all it brought to mind. So you proceed to reiterate your sentiments in the guise of a "different approach", and have now accused me of not knowing what you're talking about just because i don't share your opinion; typical male reaction. I'm sorry, but i don't care about "sexism". I think "bromance" is a really cool merger. "Fuck" is my favorite curse word, "nigga" my favorite sobriquet to express the love/hate relationship i have with my people. So shoot me. How many times do i have to say that i'm a cynical ol bitch? And just to prove it - you should've written "I said my piece on the word; not peace."

    @Troy Why are you belaboring the point about mansplaining in its current usage??? Didn't i say that i accepted what i have no control over? Didn't i imply that the essence of the word was preserved because patronizing presumptuousness transcends gender? And your opinionated deconstruction and rejection the legitimacy of this word doesn't really register with me because i don't agree with you. I tend to like colorful, creative words. The ongoing battle of the sexes spawned mansplaining and it has found a place in the vernacular of pop culture. Nobody is saying you have to accept the word. But, by the same token, nobody has to defer to your disapproval of it just because it offends your sensibilities. Language is the living instrument of human communication and if it's flawed, it is because humans are. Deal with it. BTW, how often do you encounter women who toss the word manspaining at you? Is it a constant in your life? And can you bring yourself to consider that women who use this term are just as often right as they are wrong? If they're wrong you do have the option to get things off our chest by telling them this. You can squelch Pioneer's obstinacy about race being an authentic classification, and Del's postulation about climate change being suspect, but you cannot place yourself on the side of right when it comes to the controversial nature of the word "mansplaining". You want to bad-mouth Oxford Dictionary because it is based in England, as if the English language is not spoken in America. And i don't think Merriam Webster really supports your personal distaste for the word. Words are their business. To them, mansplaining is simply a word they are watching with interest to see if it will eventually fall out of usage. Unlike you, they are objective.
  3. Me and my daughters hangin' out. Aim for the center to hit the Bulls Eye.
  4. End of Poverty?

    The epitome of mansplaining. I well aware of the "soup kitchen" community. You just need to be kept in check when you resort to hyperbole as was the case with you declaring that white college students were being paid $50,000 a year for serving hot meals to drug addicts, and subsequently contradicting yourself by saying these white kids serving hot meals to drug addicts were ones sentenced by the court to do community service. Keep it real.
  5. Who knows?

    @Pioneer1 Like i said, you can't wrap your finite mind around the idea that the universe created itself. And that voids everything else you said as far as I'm concerned. I prefer uncommon sense when i ponder.
  6. End of Poverty?

    @Pioneer1According to your previous post, these people feeding drug addicts are white college graduates earning $50,000 a year until they can find a job in their profession.
  7. Who knows?

    @Pioneer1Who says the universe was created by a someone? Apparently your mind can't conceive that this wasn't the case.

    @Pioneer1I'm not a feminist. You don't have to be one to agree with the definition of mansplaining because it's something all women encounter. And as i previously stated, there are Urban Dictionaries that supply a definition of mansplaining, using street slang to do this. And i do know the origin of the word manslpaining. How many times do i have to tell it! Del is who used, "Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday". So he knows as much as you do. in fact you weren't even sure about what it meant.
  9. End of Poverty?

    Well, apparently college graduates care about the poor. They're serving hot lunches to drug addicts. Or are they???

    @Troy Well as far as i'm concerned, you overreacted to my supplying a definition of mansplaining, immediately going on the the attack.Why did my parsing this word offend you so much? instead of resenting my correcting you, why didn't you just let my definition just roll of your back since you had not intention of accepting it. You ought to be used to me correcting people by now. After i supplied the definition for purposes of clarity, i don't think i did a whole lot of protesting. There was nothing else to protest. I knew there was no way you were going to change your mind. i just like to argue. You're who went all off on tangents trying to obliterate the word and i offered my rebuttals. Or have i denied that i started this. So what if i did? What's your point? The Oxford Dictionary is utilized by the whole English-speaking world and is found on the shelves of all American schools and libraries. Why do you think its recognition of mansplaining as a word was such a big deal to the Huff Post? And just because i cited Oxford as a reference doesn't mean that i dismiss Merriam Webster. Unlike you, I respect them both. Speak for yourself when you say nothing was accomplished. I learned a few things - even if you didn't.

    @TroyWell, you continue to see what you want to see in my posts. Here is a direct quote in regard to your accusation about me not conceding the word isn't in Merriam Webster "...I surmised there was a possibility that M-W might add this pop culture word to their dictionary at a later date. They left the door slightly ajar in regard to their doing this." And i never said it was in Merriam Webster. i said that Merriam Webster's "definition" comes up when you google mansplaining. Because, as you are so quick to point out, the link to the article was broken, i didn't get to read it until i clicked onto another link. Or was i nearly as adamant as you were in insisting that mansplaining wasn't a word. And characterizing my quote taken from Huff Post, the Internet's most popular blog as being something i had to scour around to find, is a rather ignorant observation on your part. ("This week, Oxford Dictionaries announced some new additions to their online database. Listed alongside “clickbait,” “douchebaggery” and “side boob” is everyone’s favorite uncomfortable experience — “mansplaining.”The etymology of “mansplain” can be traced back to 2008, when Rebecca Solnit wrote an essay titled “Men Explain Things To Me.” The author touched on the idea that being talked down to and corrected — primarily by men — was a common occurrence in almost every woman’s life... ) The fact that you attempt to belittle Oxford Dictionary's says more about you than it. This prestigious, world famous dictionary has been around since 1857 and is considered "the last word on the English language". Its definition is the one which comes up when you google mansplaining. Instead of you conceding that there are 2 schools of thought about this word, you prefer to shackle yourself to Merriam Webster, clutching it like a security blanket while regarding what was almost an op-ed piece, as the gospel according to Merriam Webster, - albeit an ambiguous one. Furthermore, i don't really care how you choose to use the word mansplaining. It ain't that serious, and where did you get the idea that i thought it was? i was amused by your frothing-at-the-mouth rants about how men flipped the word and women abuse it. Or am i particularly upset about how it has become "bi-sexual". it's not like i'm tearing my hair out about something i can't control. To a cynic like me, it is, what it is. Its message about presumptuousness remains in tact. And so it goes.

    @TroyTalk about cherry picking! You only responded to the comments that you had a "retort" for. The other things i pointed out to you, you ignored. And when you cast yourself as being an authority on "good journalism", then you invited the "diversionary" comment i made about your lack of proofreading. And to add insult to injury you proceed to mansplain - oops, i mean critique my "debate" tactics as if yours were any better. Sheeze! First you said that mansplaining was not a word. Now you say Merriam Webster didn't give a definition of what you have apparently reconsidered to be a word, but you refer to M-W's definition of this word in trying to make your point. What is your definition of a definition?? Just because a word doesn't appear in a dictionary doesn't mean that it has no definition. And what does the phrase "it's not going to be dropping out of sight any time soon" convey to you? When will this word which, for some reason M-W is watching, disappear? In 5 years, 10? 20? And why will it disappear? When people decide to acquiesce to Merriam Webster's decree that they should stop using it? This was an article about a very fluid subject. Not hard science which is what you are so devoted to. Finally, what did i say that contradicted this article? I surmised there was a possibility that M-W might add this pop culture word to their dictionary at a later date. They left the door slightly ajar in regard to their doing this. Since you completely ignored my reference to Oxford Dictionary, a reference book which is on a par with Merriman Webster, here is an excerpt from Huff Post: This week, Oxford Dictionaries announced some new additions to their online database. Listed alongside “clickbait,” “douchebaggery” and “side boob” is everyone’s favorite uncomfortable experience — “mansplaining.”The etymology of “mansplain” can be traced back to 2008, when Rebecca Solnit wrote an essay titled “Men Explain Things To Me.” The author touched on the idea that being talked down to and corrected — primarily by men — was a common occurrence in almost every woman’s life... I really am not sure what is fueling your persistence in discussing this word. i keep saying that mansplaining is a word Feminists came up with and it was meant for the exclusive use of women but its original usage has been neutered by those who took it upon themselves to now apply it to anyone who patronizingly explains a subject to another person. What about this is buggin' you?? Other than that you personally find the word mansplaining offensive. What is it that you are disagreeing with me about??

    @TroyYes, braced in quotation marks. But a good journalist wouldn't compose that kind of a sentence; a good journalist would use the word in a context that would make its meaning clear, especially if what the congressman said was obvious to the educators if they were all women. Google the phrase: "definition of mansplaining" and Merriman-Webster, will come up on the list of what is referred to as dictionaries supplying definitions for this word. If you click on to the Merriman-Webster headliner, it will take you to a site which is entitled "words we are watching" which features an interesting article about the etymology of the word. At least this is the case on my new desktop Dell computer! (BTW, since "questions" is used in the singular, you shouldn't have pluralized it. But you should've pluralized "news". You also should've used a colon(:), not a semi-colon(;). tsk-tsk Answer yes or no. Would a good journalist make these oversights and errors?) And I did not insist that word is in the dictionary. This is what i said: Not only are you not accurately quoting what i said, but you are apparently refusing to utilize Google because of your personal prejudices against it. So we will just have to remain at an impasse. i don't understand why this is such a sticking point with you. it's like it's an emotional thing with you because it's derogatory to poor "misunderstood" men - who mansplain.
  14. Niggers and flies

    The Republican Party neglected blacks during the Reconstruction era that ushered in Jim Crowism which was just another form of slavery. When FDR took office during the Depression, blacks began streaming into the Democratic party because it spoke better to their needs. During the height of the Civil Rights movement, southern Democrats were so horrified by the possibility of equality being granted to negroes that they bolted their traditional party and formed the Dixiecrats who subsequently infiltrated and took over the Republican party. Clarence Thomas was an affable ol colored guy, but he betrayed his people by aligning himself with the Right Wing Conservatives on the Supreme Court, and voted against everything that could benefit blacks, and this included the affirmative action and social programs that he and Uncle Ben Carson both benefited from. Are you suggesting that blacks just stop voting and wait around for one of these parties to address their problems? What we do know is that as flawed as the Democratic party is, the Republicans are even worse and they couldn't care less about blacks coming over to their side

    @TroyIf you Google mansplaining, Merriman-Webster comes up, and supplies its definition of the word, and in its article on the subject, notes that the word is not going to go away, - which means it just might be inducted into the actual dictionary at a later date, as is often the case with pop culture words. And just because women misuse this word, doesn't justify it being misused. i reject your notion that it is not a "real" word. It conforms to the definition of a word, which includes describing it as a synonym for "term". BTW, Language covers a broad spectrum of communication and urban dictionaries are very legitimate because they are an acknowledgment of how slang contributes to language. Again, the word "mansplain" was coined by militant Feminists and was intended solely for the use of women. It has been bastardized by men who are offended by it, and by women who have inadvertently gone along with the mansplained perversion of it.