Look at me, not having blogged for days upon days upon days. You would think that would mean that I have been productive elsewhere in my life. You would be wrong.

Mostly I was busy and tired and my sister was visiting. I have a whole list of things I would like to tell you about, but for today I am just going to link to a couple posts that I wrote elsewhere.

We’re all about language this week:

First off, I wrote about Jack over at White Knuckle Parenting this week and how I dealt with it when he learned the r-word.

My next link was published several days ago, but I forgot to tell you about it. I wrote about identity-first language for The Shake. There is also a sister piece written by someone else who prefers person-first language.

Lastly, I would like to thank those of you who donated to the Cheetah-thon. You are all so wonderful! Thank you to Kelly, Candi & Dick, and Susan! You all have contributed a total of $865. Thank you. Thank you so very much.

For more information about the Cheetahs and the Cheetah-thon, check out this post. To donate to the Cheetah-thon, please visit this page.

If you are available on May 11 from 5-7, please come by the Rockville Ice Arena to skate with the Cheetahs. Everyone is welcome! It should be a lot of fun!

2 thoughts on “Hello.

  1. No need to post this, I just want to message you my thoughts and on the internet I prefer anonymity. It regards your article at the Wheaton Patch but I cannot post to you there without entering a name and email address. It’s truly not for public consumption, just something I’d like you to consider.

    No word, none (and yes I can think of many) should be banned outright. Though any word’s usage can become a weapon if used in a malicious context. Uttered with the right amount of invective and in the appropriate setting I can make the word “mother” into a label that is offensive, ominous and hurtful.

    Presently I’m helping my child with a study checking to see how the absence of various types of light retards the growth of sprouting bean plants. As a result, many of them have had their growth retarded.

    Each of us must be very careful about our usage of certain words, but before you label as “arbitrary” the “rules” about what is a good and bad word please reconsider your own sentiments in a broader context.

    Literally, by definition, any rules on word usage may be perceived as arbitrary from the appropriate given reference point but I believe that we must be careful about speaking out against individual words instead of their intended meanings.

    I know that’s “crazy subtle” but for some reason I feel that it is very important.

  2. Hi, I don’t see much dissonance [or is it distance?] between your comment, and what Jean originally said on Wheaton Patch: ‘My intention is to teach my kids that so-called “bad” words are just words [and] when it is and isn’t appropriate to say them…. to use respectful language rather than enforcing arbitrary rules about what is a good word and what is a bad word.’
    So, your child is learning about how absence of certain types of light can retard [or, inhibit / limit / restrict] plant growth. That sounds like a great learning experiment! And, as you noted, that’s a specific context for a word which can also be used in a derogatory way, about a person.
    btw, I also don’t like to comment online using my full name. I rarely comment online. :)

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