Here’s why everyone hates ‘we’ headlines
Is it possible for you to stop using “we” and “us” in a lazy manner?
On 5 November there were articles headlined “Why we’re still all talking about Jamal Khashoggi”, “Why everyone has Shallow on repeat” and “Everyone should have a dog”. The next day we have “Why do we watch people eating online?”. I could give many more examples of articles in which the “we” etc does not include me. It is irritating to be included in behaviour/views that I do not share.
Gayatra Devi’s article about the uses of boredom (theguardian.com, 28 September 2015) was interesting. Notwithstanding, the word boredom itself suggests little of the condition. My maiden aunts 80 years ago would pace their apartment, forehead tightly wrapped to stave off boredom. When I asked them what was the matter, I got this reply in Yiddish: “Es nidditmir de neshuma.” Translated, it says,
“My soul is vexed.” Now that is exactly what boredom conveys.