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Words Mean Things: Let’s Sort Out That Acronym

Words Mean Things: Let’s Sort Out That Acronym

LGBT? LGBTQ? LGBTQA+? It’s little wonder many people are confused about the acronym used to describe the community. It keeps changing and evolving. And while there’s nothing wrong with evolving and changing terminology, it does make the situation rife for confusion. This seems to be the case with LGBTQ+ and all of its variants, particularly because the acronym keeps getting longer.

 

So, let’s sort out this acronym, shall we?

Words, They Mean Things: Halloween

Words, They Mean Things: Halloween

Halloween is an interesting celebration, an almost uniquely Western phenomenon. Other cultures do celebrate some pretty macabre things. The Mexican Dia de los Muertos is one example. At this point, it’s a bit difficult to separate which traditions belonged to the Indigenous peoples of the area and which ones originated with the Spanish conquistadors.

Words Mean Things: “Erotica” vs. “Porn”

Words Mean Things: “Erotica” vs. “Porn”

I’m not really one for euphemisms. All too often, euphemisms lose people. You’re better to just be blunt about things. After all, the purpose of communication is to be clear and concise. If someone loses my meaning because I put it in a pretty package with a neat little bow on top, I’m not doing my job effectively.

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Like what does this even mean?

So I don’t like the fact almost every sexually explicit book written for a primarily female audience gets billed as “erotica.” A lot of the works involved are essentially straight-up word-porn.
Why does it happen? Well, there’s a little bit of politics involved.