Names for perceptions

We alter of choice of language to infer our opinions and perceptions.

Sometimes this is subtle and effective, such as in politics and the opinionated media: freedom fighters and martyrs are terrorists, deeply religious non-christians are fanatics, legislation is bureaucracy.

Sometimes this is a little less subtle; for example, my former Business Studies would set us exam questions at least once a lesson and cycle through the names ‘test’, ‘assessment’ and ‘quiz’ and expect us not to notice.

And sometimes it’s glaring, such as in the way a friend of mine recently decided to brand with a man-name every female who she knew I’d had any sort of relationship with beyond acquaintance. Guess who the following are (out of a number of apparent she-males):

  • Henry
  • Edward
  • Jonathon
  • Harry
  • Norris

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9 Responses to “Names for perceptions”

  1. n/a says:

    haha i dont even know what n/a means 😀 but i sin it on something the other day and decided to grasp this opportunity with both hands and put it 😀
    i think i could posssssibly guess the people though… the next lucky lady on the list shall be branded arthur btw 🙂 jus so u know.
    id also like to clarify that i DO NOT have a man name 🙂
    thank you and goodnight 😛
    OH LALA ANDDDD i am being an imposter of u by using ur email address hahaha i like… am you 🙂

  2. Name: says:

    oh… the n/a thing didnt show up 😛
    HAHA WHAT A LOOOSER 😀 never mind.

  3. n/a says:

    oh. and now i sin where it did say n/a… IGNORE ME THANKS 😀

  4. :D says:

    Gus is also in the line up… after arthur 🙂

  5. oooh btw, i realised… next step to world domination!! im doing psychology and we learnt how to hypnotise a little bit and stuff. i can get into peoples minds 😀

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  7. Ayoub says:

    So true. Honesty and everything reoginczed.

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