Hello Thinking People,
What a long decade… Wait, it’s only the third year of this decade? Damn.
One of things that I’ve noticed lately is that there’s a lot of insults flying around on the internet. Not all insults are made equal and sometimes they just completely miss their mark.
Nothing will beat the man who said I was argumentative and headed toward divorce. That was really entertaining.
The following insults have been used on me in the past few years and honestly, they just don’t bite as much as people think.
a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideashttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brainwash
I hope they used good soap.
This is honestly the closest to being used properly, but yelling at someone on the internet that they just don’t understand because they’ve been braiwashed…. It’s silly. Feels like a teenage tantrum.
4. Radical Leftist / Antifa
a person or group actively opposing fascismhttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antifa
I am unequivocally against fascism.
Somehow this became tangled up as an opposite version of Nazis. Does anyone who uses this as an insult, truly love fascism? I really don’t get it.
The radical right wants to kill people, the radical left wants to kill inequality, hate, and poverty. I don’t see those as equal.
3. Woke / SJW (Social Justice Warrior)
aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woke
There’s a lot of talk about science fiction becoming woke, or woke politics. It’s another way of saying, “Hey, that person there wants social progress.” When someone calls me woke, I want to tell them thank you.
All joking aside, I think being attentive to the inequalities and issues experienced by others is important. We all have our own colonial, racist, and normative baggage to deal with and keeping an open mind is important.
So this one is a shortform for Cuckold which means. “a man whose wife is unfaithful.” It’s taken the same meaning as beta-male or soy boy. Effectively, it means effiminate and useless man.
It’s a favourite with the incel movement and really just makes me laugh. There’s something delightfully silly about a bunch of whiny men using a word that is so close to cock as an insult.
Beyond the fact that there’s nothing inherently wrong or weak about being effeminate, it really is a borrowed antique word that is near meaningless.
The word used to mean simple, basicly another abelist slur toward mental disabilities. It’s lately evolved into a verb meaning to do too much for a person you like.
The first time I was called this, I had to check urban dictionary (shudder) and just couldn’t believe that being a loving and attentive romantic partner was considered an insult.
I’ve even seen people use gifs of Gomez Adams to say someone is a simp.
I’d gladly be compared to Gomez… A loving father and husband who thinks of others and works towards the betterment of his family.
In all honesty, sometimes these things get to me. Mostly because I have trouble understanding how people can weigh a human life as less important than money, or just not listen to those that are affected.
I’m not perfect and I’m still trying to learn, but I’m fairly sure calling me silly names on the internet won’t help your cause.
Stay safe and be kind,