WRITTEN BY: SHEILA TOLLEY
Today, I shall give the Pendulum of Words a little push backwards. It seems to be stuck in a rut of woke dialect or tangled in a vine of Social Media acronyms and jargon.
Remember when a person would send you a memo or email asking your opinion/permission about a situation. For example: Let’s say a friend borrowed my double-boiler because she was making Hollandaise Sauce. She may send me an email asking: “Will it be Okay if I return your boiler tomorrow instead of this afternoon?” I would reply, “Sure that will be Okay.”
A few years passed and The Alphabet God decided there was an upcoming shortage of vowels on the horizon. We should no longer use the word Okay, it was forever replaced with OK. (OK, you got that, right?)
Then….the mighty cell phone was born. It changed our entire world and, once again, the Alphabet God became very nervous. He checked his Alphabet Garden and noticed the Vowels were once again in short supply. He immediately placed more restrictions on the use of vowels. The once friendly Okay, which had become OK, officially became K. (K, you got that right?)
I was just trying to kill some time while I finished my glass of Pinot Noir, so I decided to explain the demise of the word Okay.
Now lets move on to my word that I wish to pull back from the past. I will push very hard against the Pendulum of Words, all the way back to the 16th century, until I find the word BUFFOON.
Oh, there it is….
“Buffoon” is not a term you would apply to someone you admire. The American Heritage Dictionary defines “buffoon” as “A ludicrous or bumbling person; a fool.” In common usage today, the synonyms that “buffoon” calls to mind are “blowhard,” “pretentious fool” and “loud-mouthed idiot.” The modern connotations of “buffoon” are harshly contemptuous, and it’s very doubtful that even a professional circus clown would feel comfortable being labeled a “buffoon” these days.
I am not joking, grab your dictionary and look it up for yourself. It has Joe Biden’s picture as the illustration.
I’m sure you have heard about Biden calling, Fox News Reporter, Peter Doocy “A Stupid Son Of A Bitch” while on a Hot Mike. Biden started the name calling because Peter asked him about inflation rather than to query his favorite flavor of ice cream.
I would never leave you without an appropriate acronym for Old Joe, in this new WOKE world.