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  •  Oh bother (2+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, Justus

    Obviously that blockquote was supposed to end after one line, the rest is me.

    I have old software that doesn't allow proofing comments properly. Sorry.

    •  no worries. (2+ / 0-)
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      theBreeze, Justus

      however, Merriam's defines emasculate as

      www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emasculate
      Full Definition of EMASCULATE 1 : to deprive of strength, vigor, or spirit : weaken 2 : to deprive of virility or procreative power castrate 3 : to remove the ...
      it is the first definition which I intended.

      English is a bizarre language. many words have histories which some can find objectionable. Some words have been "hijacked", sometimes favorably, often, not.  Take  the word "gay."  It used to mean happy, content, somewhat elated. Bigots turned that in to a pejorative against homosexuals. Who promptly adopted it happily.  Today's most common definition would have have the Flintstones discussing their mood in their theme song, unless Barney and Fred has something else going on.

      Emasculate is a perfectly good word, and it can be and is used without referring to a male's "package."

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 04:01:09 PM PDT

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      •  Appreciate that point (0+ / 0-)

        I was always sure you did not mean anything by it.

        "Emasculated" is a obviously a metaphor in origin. In the view of Merriam-Webster, apparently, a "dead metaphor," one that has become so routine in use that it is scarcely qualifies as metaphorical any more.

        Rather than argue with the distinguished editorial staff of Merriam-Webster (even though they are as human as the rest of us), let us say that I was intending to draw attention to the connotation, or resonance, the tacit implication, of the word.

        Which as poets will testify, is as powerful in its way as the formal  denotation. Or more so.

        •  Agreed, and I can see how off putting it could be (0+ / 0-)

          Next time, I will choose another.

          What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

          by agnostic on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 02:08:34 PM PDT

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