In response to Laura Perrins: Gay marriage has been imposed on the US by unelected judges, Bernard from Bucks wrote:
Language and especially words are unique to us humans. They have developed over the centuries as a means of communication. My first encounter with words was, of course, ’the cat sat on the mat’. This is completely true, as I can still visualise that early reader, after some sixty five years. It introduced me to ‘at’, then ‘cat’ and ‘mat’ and so on. I knew exactly what the words meant. Words should convey precise meanings. If they don’t then they are useless. And that is precisely the mess we are in today.
The BBC especially use words like ‘Insurgents’, ‘Islamists’ and ’Asians’ to disguise from us the true facts. They don’t wish to convey a precise meaning. All my life I have understood what the word ’married’ meant, that is, until the powers that be re-defined it. If someone now asks me “Are you married?” A “yes”, could mean I have a robot (see latest news), or perhaps a cat (?) as a partner! I have, therefore, no further use for the word ‘married’. It is ill defined.
All over the social media, new words are springing up all the time. Could some kind understanding soul create a new word for a matrimonial partnership between a biological man and a biological woman? Then my friends and acquaintances will know exactly where my affections lie.
(I have a ‘soft spot’ for Laura – but she is already ‘married’. ;-)