Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Out with Old, in with the Transitory

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Out with Old, in with the Transitory

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Byline: Al Byrnand

I UNDERSTAND that language is a vehicle of expression.

It is the means by which we articulate our thoughts and feelings which translate into convictions or just opinions.

I am also aware that we can take vastly different meaning from the same words.

Freedom of expression can become nothing more than a licence to vilify if we choose to use it that way.

Adherence to traditional values can be seen as a hateful stance when it conflicts with some current desecration of what used to be 'the norm'.

Parts of our language get 'hijacked' and become banners for some cause or other and here and there symbols from the past take on a militancy that was never their purpose.

It is not necessary here to go into detail or provide examples for this now common phenomenon.

But to put a little humorous perspective on our current penchant for iconoclasm I include a titbit from an overseas friend.

The aphorism stated; "Do you realise that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos? …

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