By Mecca Fowler
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I have always loved the English language. In grade school, I used to collect dictionaries and thesauruses at the end of the school year when teachers would clear out their classrooms to make room for the next year’s edition. It is a great part of why I am a writer. I’ve always loved challenging myself to learn new words. I used to study them because it was fun for me.
This is why it perturbs me to see how liberals have strategically made the definition of words open to anyone’s interpretation. They have a habitual obsession with controlling narratives and changing the definitions of words to keep that narrative intact. In their new reality, words no longer mean what they used to.
It is straight out of the playbook of George Orwell’s “1984.” In the dystopian novel, the English language was reduced to a weaker imitation of its former splendor by the totalitarian government of Oceania. The government does this to suppress dissent and push its brand of socialism. The new language used to meet the ideological requirements set by The Party is called Newspeak. In this case, The Party is the Left.
If we don’t have a grasp on definitions, how can we have a grasp on the truth and reality? The radical left today uses language as a weapon and a political instrument to scare the public and distort the truth. Let’s take a look at some of the words that the definitions have changed to meet the current narrative.
The first that comes to mind is vaccines and vaccination. When it became apparent that people who received all the recommended COVID-19 vaccinations were not “immune” to COVID, the word “protection” took the place of “immunity” on the CDC definitions website, CNS News reported.
The CDC described vaccination in May of 2021 as “The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.” Over time, this definition evolved to meet the reality that the vaccines are not guaranteed to do that. Vaccination is now described on the CDC website as “the act of introducing a vaccine to produce protection from a specific disease.”
Previously a vaccine was defined by the CDC as “a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease” Now, the term “vaccine” is defined as “a preparation used to stimulate the immune response against diseases.”
Meanwhile, liberals have taken the word “recession” for a crazy spin by liberals. The conventional wisdom states that an economy is in a recession when its gross domestic product declines for two consecutive quarters, or when it contracts for six months. That was a definition that was accepted by previous presidents without issue, including Bill Clinton. But these days, the White House spends its time playing word games with the media and refusing to call the state of the economy a recession.
After the gross domestic product (GDP) figures revealed consecutive quarters of negative growth last month, Washington Post, and other prominent publications embraced the White House’s definition of a recession instead of the conventional definition, Fox News reported. Pundits on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and other outlets also played up the idea of “fears” of a recession rather than recognizing the U.S. was now going through one. Oddly enough, in 2008, Brian Deese, the director of Joe Biden’s National Economic Council, defined a recession as two consecutive quarters of negative growth, according to the Daily Caller.
Perhaps the most disgusting twisting of definitions was labeling pedophiles as “minor-attracted persons.” I could hardly believe this was a real thing when I first heard it. The term was mentioned by a Virginia university assistant professor who theorized that it wasn’t necessarily immoral for adults to be sexually attracted to children, as long as they didn’t act on it. The very definition of a pedophile is “a person who is sexually attracted to children,” according to the Oxford Languages dictionary. The assistant professor later resigned.
Lastly, the word “phobic” has the Left in a chokehold. The Oxford dictionary defines phobia as a “strong unreasonable fear of something.” Yet, the same dictionary labels being homophobic as “having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against gay people.” An unreasonable fear is remarkably different than having a dislike or prejudice.
Whether it is changing definitions or creating a new term such as calling a mother a “birthing person,” this redefining of words is purposefully manipulative and deceitful. This Orwellian Newspeak is dangerous. Words mean things. Definitions mean things. Words are written into law. If we can’t have a static definition of words that rule over our everyday lives, then we will always be vulnerable to people attempting to exploit these loopholes.
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