I got to thinking the other day about the extremity of certain words and phrases. I can’t remember what the trigger was, I suspect something as banal as “I hate the rain”. In this particular context I was thinking about “hate”, “dislike”, “don’t like” etc.
I can’t say that I “hate” many things. There are certainly no individuals I “hate”. Here’s a few:
Nope. Can’t, off the top of my head, think of any more.
I can say that I “dislike” some things, but still no individuals. Easier examples:
- Ignorant BMW/Audi/insert make here drivers who think they’re better than everyone else.
- None committal posts on Facebook. “Ooh, that wasn’t good…” with no explanation.
Then there are things that I “don’t like”. Bear with me here. Let’s remove the contraction. Things that I “do not like”. These are not necessarily things that I dislike. They are, maybe, things that do not actively interest me but I have nothing against them (as with “dislike”).
- Hip Hop.
- Lazy grammar and spelling on the internet.
See the difference?
Then there’s the things that I really couldn’t give a monkeys about.
- Many Facebook status updates. “Dinner was lovely”, “Tired”, “waah waah waah etc”.
- Gaza/Israel or Russia/Ukraine. If they wanna bomb the crap out of each other, let ‘em.
Is it just me that is sad enough to examine words this much? I mean, I am a computer engineer, not a scholar/graduate/philosopher. Should I be worrying about more important things? Does thinking about things like this (which happens far too often) mean that I am not keeping my brain active enough? Or is it too active?