danmillerinpanama:

Language does reflect “modern” perceptions of right, OK and wrong. However, modern usage does not change whatever may be referred to. Calling a rapist a “gentleman” does not change him into one. Calling a horse a cow does not make it one, even if lots of farmers hit upon the idea and try to milk their horses and perhaps ride their cows because they must be the same as their horses.

Originally posted on Political Musings-At the Sunset of My Life:

Here’s one usage of the term gentleman: The gentleman helped the fallen lady to her feet. Here’s another, one we might hear from a newscaster or a police spokesman: Tonight we report on the arrest of two gentlemen who raped, sodomized and murdered an 80-year-old woman.

During earlier times, to be called a gentleman meant one was honest, brave, courteous and loyal. Today “gentleman” is used interchangeably in reference to decent people and the scum of the earth.

Much of today’s language usage demonstrates a desire to be nonjudgmental. People used to shack up; now they cohabit or are living partners. Few young women of yesteryear would have felt comfortable to publicly declare they slept around. Unmarried women used to give birth to a bastard; later, this was upgraded to an illegitimate birth or a nonmarital birth. In many instances, unwed mothers proudly hold baby showers celebrating their illegitimate offspring…

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I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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3 Responses to

  1. Cry and Howl says:

    What a great article! Walter Williams is the quintessential gentleman.

  2. Boeke says:

    Of course it’s just plain wrong to call any man a gentleman before he’s proven his worth. In the same way it’s wrong to call a woman a lady before she’s proven her worth. This latter has bothered me for many years as I hear the presumption made every day that some woman is a lady.

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