nicolejb
2 years ago5,000+ Views
Why the Merriam-Webster Word of the Year is a Big Deal
The 2015 Merriam-Webster word was released this week, and technically it's not really a word. By word they mean suffix.

What's the suffix?

ISM

And in the words...

Racism

Feminism

Socialism

Fascism

And... Terrorism

Ok, so what does that mean?

Well with an increase in the world looking at these words, it means that people are thinking about IDEAS. They are using them in everyday language, and thinking about how they apply to News & Issues.
It means that people are using these suffix to explain the world and concepts, and language is expanding.

And that's a pretty big deal.

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@nicolejb very true. I only stick to positive words with everyone except my family. I grew up with my brothers being philosophical but using negativity as their source for almost everything. My eldest brother tends to be condescending most of the time so I guess that is how our family ended up in such a way. My parents are the complete opposites though and I really am grateful for having light in my life :)
2 years ago·Reply
Definitely better than emojis! Lol. Isn't it amazing how much three little letters can change so many other words? @RaquelArredondo @nicolejb I agree. I try to be very conscientious of the words that I use with my son and students, and not just the obvious ones. For example, I won't even let my son say "that's stupid, mom." One, if it's a thing, I challenge him to find a different adjective that tells me why. (Upsetting, disappointing, etc.) Two, if it's a person, stupid implies that person has no value and we (my partner in the dance studio) don't like our students ever thinking they could be without value, or less than each other. So, no one is allowed to say stupid. There's a huge poster in every studio room. That's just one example, but I'm very aware with my kiddos. :)
2 years ago·Reply
@ButterflyBlu woo now that's parenting. Having a set of principles as posters is a wonderful idea. I believe that the students will be more polite and respectful if your method continues. Children are easy to manipulate when young which makes it easy to change their bad ways. They believe that everything they are being taught is right therefore making them tell the truth most of the time. I wish you were my teacher when I was more of a child hahah
2 years ago·Reply
@RaquelArredondo haha yeah my brother speaks fluent sarcasm and cynicism too. but I actually have parents who have always taught me to speak positively (and use better words, too @ButterflyBlu). That has helped me be more eloquent, but also more thankful. haha I feel like Stacey is a big sister to me:) and @RaquelArredondo is like my other sister. <3
2 years ago·Reply
@nicolejb hahah I feel your pain :'D awww I have another sister ^^ <3
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