Robert Wm. Gomez's

Political Word Trends

The current presidential election cycle has made Facebook insufferable these days. As the various screeds flow across my feed from people who would normally be reasonable friends, I am noticing what I am calling, "political word trends." Out-of-the-blue people start using the exact same words to describe something with which they have a political beef. I know this is essentially the same thing as talking points (like when every Democratic operative on the planet described Hillary "powering through" her illness), but what I am seeing is just a little more subtle.

I first noticed this when, over the course of a few unrelated discussion threads, libertarianism came up and, in addition to the usual "they hate firemen" arguments, someone would refer to libertarians as "children." Maybe there was a huge write up in The Nation that used this term? I don't know. It just seemed odd that it suddenly appeared 3 or 4 times without any prompting. Next, I began to hear the term "ghouls" used over and over to describe pro-gun advocates. Again, maybe John Oliver had a witty diatribe about these "ghouls" but this seemed weirdly coincidental to me. Or maybe I'm just jealous that I am not being invited to all the hip parties. Instead I sulk at home with like a ghoulish child. I will keep my eyes open for more. Stay tuned.