Dictionary helps define response
Re: Offensive poster, Sept. 25
To the Editor:
Just a quick response to Dave Theobald who expressed apparent disgust with uwOUT's display during clubs week. I thought I would explore his words, thoughts and implications with a bit of help from the Oxford Dictionary. Please, bear with me.
EXPLICIT: expressly stated, not merely implied; stated in detail. Also: definite, outspoken. For example, the "posters which depicted homosexuals partaking in...sexual activities," which were pointed out by Mr. Theobald.
IMPLICIT: implied, though not plainly expressed. Also: absolute, unquestioning. For example, poster which might depict heterosexuals partaking in sexual activities.
ABSOLUTE: unconditional, despotic. For example: heterosexual and usually, heterosexuality.
DEVIANT: deviating from what is normal (absolute?), especially sexually. For example: homosexuality, sodomy and paedophilia according to Mr. Theobald.
NORMAL: conforming to a standard; regular, usual, typical. For example, heterosexuality, which is implicitly understood to have no association with either paedophilia or sodomy never! Of course!
REPUGNANT: extremely distasteful, contradictory. For example, that which is deviant or not normal.
RIGOUR: logical exactitude. For example, as employed by Mr. Theobald, "we should examine some of the arguments...with a little bit of rigour."
VALUE-LADEN: words and arguments which are burdened with value judgements in short, which are lacking in rigour. For example, Mr. Theobald's arguments in his letter and words like "repugnant," "normal," "deviant" and "explicit".
HOLIER-THAN-THOUGH: self-righteous. For example: Mr. Theobald, or so it would seem.
LOOSEN UP: in addition to exploring the meaning up rigour, what Mr. Theobald really needs to do. No pun intended.