Do words mean whatever people want them to?
Thanks for finally speaking out about the rampant misuse of words. It seems words mean whatever a large group of people want them to mean, regardless of whether the word is a noun, a verb, an adjective, or an adverb.
I do not believe that hate can be a crime. We know people are charged with and convicted of hate crimes. But hate is just a thought in a person’s mind. When does it become a crime? When someone really hates, somewhat hates, or just hates?
Large solar panel installations built solely for selling electricity to other users are now called solar farms. But those sites have no traditional farming or agriculture practices taking place. Sun and wind are called renewable energy sources, but there is nothing humans can do to increase, diminish, or renew sunshine or wind.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines abortion as induced termination of pregnancy before the fetus is capable of survival as an individual. By that definition, when any fetus or unborn child that can by all medical pre-birth knowledge survive on its own before the due date but whose life is terminated purposefully, it is not an abortion. It’s something else, not an abortion.
Certainly a full-term child being born by a woman not by induced labor but by natural occurrence would at no point in such delivery be governed by any government-adopted abortion laws.
The recent law passed by the state of New York and proposed by Virginia to terminate the life of a living human being after it leaves the mother’s womb or just before entering the world is not an abortion bill.
The writers of such bills just can’t bring themselves to call it what it is.
R. KENNETH HATCHER. POWHATAN.