Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

February 8, 2005

Vocabulary Problem

Filed under: — Different River @ 6:15 pm

The Virginia Senate yesterday approved a constitutional amendment that defines traditional marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The Senate voted 30-10 to pass the amendment after an emotional 30-minute debate during which several Democrats likened the measure to the Holocaust.”
Washington Times, Feb. 8

Other than the six million murdered Jews, the resemblance is uncanny.
James Taranto, Feb. 8

Do people really think they enhance their credibility by calling the marriage of a man an a woman “like the Holocaust”?

Do they really expect to be able to say things like that and still be taken seriously? Or do they simply think they can redefine words like “Holocaust” to mean both “utterly evil” and “anything we disagree with”? Well, maybe they do. After all, they think they can redefine another word (“marriage”) to mean something completely different from what it’s meant for the entire history of the English language.

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