Mind words. They mean things.

James Lileks takes on the ever-thankless task of reminding us that words mean things; words are important; use them well.

I call it a “thankless task,” but actually, I’m thankful that he’s doing it.

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  • JMC

    Wow. Thanks for the link to a great article. It very nicely blasts “inclusive” language, but I particularly liked the part about the vegan store in California. Lanolin-based lip balms are cruel, huh? Well, lanolin can be obtained simply in the process of cleaning the wool you’ve sheared from a sheep. Of course, these vegans will claim that shearing a sheep is cruel, too. They think so, huh? They ought to see what happens to a sheep when you don’t shear it for three or four years. I have. It ain’t pretty. Besides, plant-based fibers don’t make for warm clothes, no matter how you layer them. Get them wet, and the subsequent evaporation will give you the chills in the height of summer. Animal-based fibers, on the other hand, paradoxically get WARMER as water evaporates from them. Take it from a shepherd.

  • JMC

    Wow. Thanks for the link to a great article. It very nicely blasts “inclusive” language, but I particularly liked the part about the vegan store in California. Lanolin-based lip balms are cruel, huh? Well, lanolin can be obtained simply in the process of cleaning the wool you’ve sheared from a sheep. Of course, these vegans will claim that shearing a sheep is cruel, too. They think so, huh? They ought to see what happens to a sheep when you don’t shear it for three or four years. I have. It ain’t pretty. Besides, plant-based fibers don’t make for warm clothes, no matter how you layer them. Get them wet, and the subsequent evaporation will give you the chills in the height of summer. Animal-based fibers, on the other hand, paradoxically get WARMER as water evaporates from them. Take it from a shepherd.


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