To round out the week of fluff posts, I have a non-list post for you. I read a lot of blogs written by Americans, Brits, and assorted other folks from around the world. We don't all write (or talk) the same way. These kinds of things interest me, do I thought I'd do a post… Continue reading Do We Talk Funny? How We Speak in Canada vs. the US and UK
Some of the posts I’ve written lately, as well as people’s comments on response, have got me thinking about the different ways that different people may use the same words. When it comes to mental health conditions, there are technical medical/psychiatric/psychological definitions of terms, but those aren't necessarily the definitions that people are using in… Continue reading How We Talk About Mental Illness: Definitions vs. Connotations
Mental illness can involve feeling really crappy and having a lot of difficulty functioning. That's not the experience of everyone with mental illness all of the time, but it's there in the mix somewhere. Yet sometimes it seems like people want to avoid the ugly bits, and talk around mental illness rather than talking about… Continue reading Is It Helpful to Talk Around Mental Illness?
This internet acronyms post is inspired by a comment that Cassandra made on a post I did about idioms. I'm in my 40s and Gen-X, so compared to the kids on the internet these days, I'm old. I also spend very little time on social media, so I'm pretty out of the loop. There are… Continue reading Internet Acronyms & Proof That I’m Old
Stigma is a social phenomenon that encompasses stereotypes, prejudiced attitudes based on those stereotypes, and discriminatory behaviours. There are a lot of anti-stigma advocates, both organizations and individuals, focusing on word usage and what to say or not say about mental illness. This is sometimes referred to as word policing or language policing. Sometimes, those… Continue reading Stigma, Word Policing, and Targeting the Wrong Audience
People had a good laugh with a recent post on idioms, so I thought why not have some more fun with silly language. This post explores some of the more colourful terms terms for what goes on when the pants come off. I'll try to leave out the mundane and stick with silly rather than… Continue reading Bumpin’ Uglies & Other Slang for What Goes On “Down There”
As I get older and depression rots more of my brain, I've been having a hard time remembering whether sayings are real or if I'm making them up in my head. I feel particularly uncertain about idioms, and I turn to Google a lot because idioms aren't logical; you either know them or you don't.… Continue reading Having Fun with Idioms
The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker is the first book of his that I've read, but I already have an academic crush on him from his euphemism treadmill concept. A style manual is not the kind of thing I usually write about and this isn't really a review; it's a review-ish, which we'll talk… Continue reading Book Review-ish: The Sense of Style
Grace at Just Tawkin' recently mentioned that moist is the most hated word in the English language and I felt the need to go exploring to learn more about gross words. It turns out word aversion is the fancy way of referring to words that are just plain icky—not what the words are describing, but… Continue reading Word Aversion: What Words Gross You Out?
Is there a "right" way to talk about illness and disability? The current popular favourite is person-first language. It really got going in the 1990s, with the American Psychological Association leading the charge. Instead of talking about a "disabled person", person-first language literally puts the person first, as in "person with a disability." This has… Continue reading Is Person-First Language All It’s Cracked Up to Be?