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Names for perceptions

Monday, December 10th, 2007

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