Everything is Sad

pug-1209129_1920The last US election brought with it a variety of changes, as we all know. But, one of the most irritating, incessant, and persistent changes is the newfound popularity of the word “sad”.

Everything is sad now.

Someone has a different political view than you? It is sad.

A website that you like stopped posting the kind of content you like? Sad.

Millennials exist? Sad.

Vegetarian? Sad. Omnivore? Sad.

Your clothing, hair, or makeup choices? Sad.

Your political affiliation, education, employment history, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and basic existence are all, according to the internet, sad.

And how unequivocally, ridiculously sad is that?

Can we not make use of the multitude of adjectives we all know and love? Can we not use language to communicate how we actually feel or think to someone else? Maybe, just maybe, if we made use of the sparkling and wondrous gift of language that all internet users have access to, our comments and opinions wouldn’t seem so pathetic.

Because yes, choosing to always describe someone that differs from you as “sad” is pathetic. It has become a go-to word used to lazily and hastily place yourself on a pedestal above someone else. Regardless of which side of the argument you are on. As we would say back in Nova Scotia, it is a word meant to get someone “riled up”.

According to the dictionary, there are two possible definitions:

Sad

Obviously, today’s use isn’t about sorrow. So, we must assume that when people use the word, they mean to say “pathetically inadequate or unfashionable”. That becomes quite pretentious when we substitute it for “sad”, but at least it better conveys your thoughts and feelings on whatever matter you are discussing.

For example: “I think it’s sad how everything is sad” could become “I think using the word “sad” to describe everything is pathetically inadequate”. Then it makes that sentiment much more pointed.

It would also help to make everyone seem less dramatic. Is it really, honestly pathetically inadequate that someone wears clothing differently than you, or that they don’t know or believe something that you do? Do you really expect all 7.6 billion of us to think and believe the same things? What gives you the right to determine that someone else’s life or actions are pathetically inadequate? And in relation to what, your own?

Sad, though it may seem like such a small, casual word, is actually a cruel and harsh little adjective, full of venom and pretentiousness when used properly.

So use it wisely.

Or just use a bloody thesaurus.

 

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‘Tis The Season

Falling SnowI find winter to be a romantic season. Perhaps the most romantic of all, with the softly falling snow that quiets the world and the cold that encourages closeness and flickering fires. I mean, is there anything more lovely than curling up in front of a fire with a book while a Christmas tree sparkles in the corner?

If you were with me last year, my adoration of the season won’t be a surprise. After all, it is host to my favorite holiday―Christmas. But I often find myself in a minority when it comes to my love of snow and all that is winter, so to make myself feel as if I am one of many, I searched out (and found) some absolutely lovely words about the colder months.

Even if you aren’t a fan of the frost you should at least be able to find some appreciation for the lovely writing that went into these:

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ―Lewis Carroll

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ―Edith Sitwell

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ―John Steinbeck

“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.” ―George R.R. Martin

“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” ― Ben Aaronovitch

“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” ―Markus Zusak

“Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.”
―Mary Oliver

“The snow began to fall again, drifting against the windows, politely begging entrance and then falling with disappointment to the ground.” ―Jamie McGuire

On that note, I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas (Yule, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Navidad, Noel…), or whatever else you celebrate during the winter. Stay cozy!

Do you have a favorite seasonal quote? Share it in the comments!

I’ll be on Facebook until next time.

A Day Without Words

Sometimes, we have days where there are no words, usually caused by exhaustion, heartbreak, elation, excitement, or a plethora of other emotions. They happen, they are normal, and sometimes they are all we can offer.

Today is one of those days for me, not a bad one, just a contemplative one, so I am just going to share a quote.

A Day Without Words

 

Wishing you all a safe, peaceful, and quiet Sunday.

I’ll be on Facebook until next time.

Wednesday Words for Writers

Time for another picture to inspire you to think of new words in new ways. Either treat it as a writing prompt, or some wordless inspiration, it’s your choice.

What does this picture make you think of? What does it make you feel? How would you describe it?

Misty Forest

 

For me, it makes me think of Macbeth and the witches on the moor. It makes me think of Sherlock and The Hound of the Baskervilles, the only Doyle tale that I can’t read before I go to bed, lest I have horrid nightmares.

It speaks of cold and damp and fear, but it also speaks of comfort and quiet and life, depending on how you see it. Just looking at it fills my head with that strong, cool smell of damp earth and fresh pine. The smell of forests after a rain, and the absolute calm of a morning in the woods.

Care to share your own thoughts?

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Wednesday Words

I actually enjoyed choosing a picture and thinking of adjectives to go with it last week, so I am going to do it again today. Feel free to join in with a few words that this picture speaks to you.

If you didn’t see my post last week, I asked that anyone who felt up to it take a moment to think of a few descriptive words for a picture in order to exercise the part of the writing mind that we use to shape our worlds and scenes around our stories. So, you can either do that,

Or:

If you had to choose a book to take place in this setting, what book would it be? Was it a good book and would you read it again?

The picture that I am sharing today whispers the following to me: Cool, calm, and evening. As well as home, away, and quiet. What does it say to you?

Sunset on Lake | Quoth the Wordsmith

 

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Wednesday Words

Some wisdom in the form of words for your upcoming Wednesday.

Remember, we’re all working towards something, no matter if we’re taking our first steps or if our heels are like old leather from plodding along down the path.

Words for Wednesday

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