|On Being a B*stard (standard:Editorials, 1154 words)|
|Author: Lori||Added: Sep 14 2007||Views/Reads: 1904/928||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
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On Being A Bastard By: Lori Unlike the words "bitch," I feel this word isn't overused. Of course, I'm a woman and don't get called this. So the men out there may have a different opinion. This isn't really a word I use, I like "Dickhead," or "Dumb Ass" better . Let's look at some definitions of the word. a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate child. a vicious, despicable, or thoroughly disliked person Slang A person, especially one who is held to be mean or disagreeable. Okay, you get the picture. Here is the origin of the word. [Origin: 1250–1300; ME < AF bastard, ML bastardus (from 11th century), perh. < Gmc (Ingvaeonic) *ba-st-, presumed var. of *bo-st- marriage + OF -ard -ard, taken as signifying the offspring of a polygynous marriage to a woman of lower status, a pagan tradition not sanctioned by the church; cf. OFris bost marriage < Gmc *bandstu-, a n. deriv. of IE *bhendh-bind; the traditional explanation of OF bastard as deriv. of fils de bast “child of a packsaddle” is doubtful on chronological and geographical grounds]. Now we can understand the word better. But, does it help us to know who is a bastard and who isn't? Just because a man is mean, is that reason enough to call him a bastard? Is it enough to call someone this because they parents weren't married at the time of their birth? What about if I hated you with a purple passion, is this reason enough to call you a bastard? Those are the questions I want to examine. Does it help knowing a word's definition? Yes and no, I think. Yes because you understand what you are trying to say to someone. No, if you're stupid of the meaning you're not accountable when you hurt someones feelings. Of course that means two things for you. One you're not very intelligent if you're using words you don't understand (hold on to the bitching I'll touch on this more in a minute.). Two why are you using words you don't know what they mean? Now going back to being intelligent and not knowing what a word means. I'm not talking about words we use everyday and someone says what does that mean and you draw a blank. Lord, knows I do this when one of the kids ask me what a word means they've never heard before. Or in most cases, words I've used before but wouldn't let them interrupt to find out the meaning of. I treat my children like adults, because they practically are, but also because this is a hard world we live in and if I don't do it someone else will. Having said that, I don't allow them to interrupt me when I'm talking to someone else. I think this is rude! When they ask about a word, I put it in terms they understand, it may not be the correct definition, but they get the gist of the word. I do it with adults too. I think we all do it, don't we? BUT this doesn't make you stupid. It's just a word you use a lot and you use it in a context you understand. Because a man is mean, does it give you the right to call someone a bastard? Again, I have to say yes and no. Yes because most of the men I know, and I've called bastards, really did deserve the word. If a man is hitting on a women, without her consent, then he's a bastard and a few more choice words. If a man is hitting on an animal, same thing. If you're abusing something/one, you deserve to be called much worse then this word because you have no respect for human kind! No because say a man is just being malicious, is he a bastard? Not really because this could be the only way he knows how to be and he may not be meaning to be mean. A friend of yours calls you a bitch when you're having a bad day, do you bite his head off and call him every name under the sun, including this one? Or do you ask why he said it? He could be picking with you and trying to get you to laugh. He could know you're having a bad day and want to make it better. You shouldn't jump to conclusions when you don't have all the facts. Of course me saying that is funny because I had a conclusion about the people who come to my page and I'm proving to be wrong on it lol. Click here to read the rest of this story (38 more lines)
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