In January I wrote an essay on language, specifically about one word, and its variations, and their usage, specifically the concern I, and others, have about how this word, originally created centuries ago, to describe Felines, has been perverted to such an extent that its more vulgar meanings are seemingly treated as the norm, and to use the word in its original context will get you funny looks, or worse, from those without a clue.
You can read the piece, and join the discussion, here: May I Have a Word?
Because of something I encountered when leaving an online comment to a column in a local newspaper, this morning, I fired off the following (And no, it's not the first such letter I've sent out into the world in defense of "The Word.).....
Simon Grieve - Publisher
Words have a History, especially in Literature.
Some words, over time, have their original meanings perverted by succeeding generations of users, thus leading to their original meaning being nearly forgotten for lack of use in that fashion, and any potential users fear of being mis-understood when using the word in public.
One such word is the one at the center of an essay, the latest version (3rd in 7 years) of which I posted, on my blog, earlier this year.
The word is "PUSSY", and its related words such as Pussies, and Pussy's.
I am just the latest to do so, and probably the very first Feline to go public with my concern, and part of my effort has been to continue to put a spotlight on those Humans who came before me in the fight.