Sunday, April 21, 2013

Definitions Matter

According to Merriam-Webster:
Hero • he-ro, noun. 
plural: he-roes

1 a. mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
   b. an illustrious warrior
   c. man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
   d. one who shows great courage

2. a. the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
    b. the central figure in an event, period, or movement

3. a. an object of extreme admiration and devotion: idol 
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Dear Mainstream Media:

Quit overusing the word. Just because something happens to people, and they survive, does not make them heroes. Just because a person happens to walk into his back yard and discovers something completely by accident, does not make him a hero. In fact, it's insulting to those who truly ARE.



czar said...

The heroes that are the object of extreme czarist admiration and devotion typically involve meatballs.

Honoring your cone of silence on the previous blob posting, is that your own composition? If so, my cone is off to you indeed.

moi said...

Czar: Hilarious! No, that's a Tool song I forgot to credit. And the cone of silence was directed at the media :o)

foam said...

I agree..

Buzz Kill said...

"man admired for his achievements and noble qualities"

Couldn't (shouldn't) that be man or woman? Bwahahahaha I'm surprised you weren't all over Merriam-Webster for that.

There were a lot of heroes up in Boston last week, but not everyone - just the life savers.

Aunty Belle said...

Blogger-world is a ghost town.

moi said...

Buzz: Not all over Merriams for it because a hero IS a male. A woman with these qualities is a heroine :o) Although, I'll concede heroine sounds much softer, as if she's swanning about in a Victorian gown whilst wielding her sword. Not as bad ass as hero, for sure, but that's just the way the linguistic cookie happens to crumble. Unless Czar knows something I don't, which is highly likely.

Aunty: Aw, Aunty, I know. I hope it rejuvenates.

moi said...

Also, Merriam's concedes that a hero is "one who" and a "central figure," which can be male or female.