Let's see..what's wrong with Wikipedia...? Aside from the troubling plethora
of facts, one ignoramus can't hijack it.
(I once contributed a bit of clean-up editing in it. It was easier to do
than I would have thought, and I made a couple of interesting acquaintances.
I think it's an absolutely inspiring project.)
I stopped doing that after my first correction was 'corrected'. It
was a small refinement to the definition of a masonry term. Fairly
trivial stuff, but I guess someone felt that they owned that entry.
I think we all should conribute what we can, a piece of editing, an
article, even something that ends with a note that it is waiting
verification or editing. It sure beats blogs on subjects that people
are using these days as if they had soem basis in fact or verifiability
when they are only opinion. The Wiki has that verifiability and every
article can be challenged for lack of the same..
As I might have said before on here about Wikipedia, it's new and
evolving. Articles can be edited, argued about, accordingly edited and
Many also come with links, references and bibliography, so, and IOW,
when an article is cited here for example, cross-references are often
But it's up to the intrepid student of life and truth, of course, to
click, scroll, read and research, etc.
Failing that, I guess one can always stoop to derogative commentary that
includes "retarded" and "soiled panties", and see how many dictionary
entries it makes, and under which subjects.
You forgot 'pink' and 'girly' meant as slurs. Oh, wait. Wiki's covered that
Back around '76 I hatched the idea to make T-shirts with custom messages.
The first one said "Machismo Sucks", riffing on the "Disco Sucks" shirts
being worn by young guys who couldn't seem to walk with their arms touching
their ribs. Another of them was aimed both at all the gay guys on Yonge
Street hitting on teenagers like me, and at the knuckle-draggers who think
that men have to constantly engage in displays of their masculinity that
would look silly even on "Wild Kingdom". It said "Androgynous Heterosexual".
(It was the 70's, and the word's usage has changed a bit since then. I was
reading Jung in those days.) While still just an idea, a friend and I
laughed as we anticipated that some guy would think that 'hetero' meant
'homo' and would give me some grief about it..... which actually happened.
I was coming back from a friend's band practice in the burbs, waiting for a
bus. Some friend or relative of a another guy in the band was waiting with
me, and I was wearing 'the shirt'. The guy says, "Uh, I ain't prejudice or
nothin', but, uh, that shirt...are you heterosexual or are you normal?" This
was one of those Woody Allen moments where you really needed to break scene
and mug to the camera, as God's your only witness.
I let him trip over himself for a while, trying to explain how he "wasn't
prejudice or nothin", pretending that I wasn't sure what he was getting at,
but eventually relented and filled him in on what the word meant. "Noooo!",
he said, greatly relieved, if still a bit wary.
I wore the shirt for a summer and got *one* reaction from another guy who
knew exactly why I'd resorted to putting this across my chest. (He's walking
up Yonge Street with his girlfriend, totally cracks up, and gives me a big
wave.) Most people just looked puzzled or craned their necks to read the
text because it wrapped from nearly armpit to armpit.
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