Una Salus Lillius, on Jul 4 2003, 03:35 PM, said:
Get a dictionary if you think I'm using words that are too big or loaded for you. I'm not going to dumb down my vocabulary for you or anyone else. I used the word I used because it was PRECISELY what I meant and I don't much give a damn if you don't like it.
Thank you for your suggestion, but I already have a dictionary. It is, granted, rather old, and three of the tabs with the letters on them have fallen off. I intend to buy a new one soon. Until I replace it, I’m reliant on online dictionaries for more up-to-date definitions. In fact, I consulted two online dictionaries before posting my previous comment, and just now checked my old dictionary just to make certain I wasn’t missing anything.
All three sources were quite consistent. They all defined “misogynist” as “hatred of women” (although one, IIRC, said “pertaining to or defined by hatred of women”). Hate, as you’ve probably heard people say, is a very strong word, and most people who are accused of misogyny do not actually hate women. That’s why I disagree with its usage.
I don't generally disagree with the usage of “big” words and I’m not sure why you assume that I need or desire for you to dumb down your vocabulary. Was it because I said “misogynist” was a loaded word? I meant emotionally loaded— as I said, usually when I hear it used, it’s too strong for the situation.
I admit, in your quote, you only said that Ogami sounded
like a misogynist jerk. I would hesitate to tell someone they even sounded like a misogynist, but then, I’d also hesitate use “jerk”.
You, obviously, hold your comments to different standards. Fair enough. I still think misogynist is over-used.