This morning I was reading the news, like I do almost every morning and I came across an article of opinion written by Sam Sanders on NPR news. The title, “It’s Time To Put ‘Woke’ To Sleep”.
Intriguing, right? Well it sparked my curiosity and I had to read on. The writer was asking for people to leave behind the word “woke” in 2019. And you know of course at this point that I most certainly had to read on to find out what was so terrible about this particular word and it’s use in today’s world.
It seems that according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “woke” means, “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).”
Honestly, I had no idea. I actually thought that the word, when I first read it, had something to do with awoke, as in rising from sleep in the a.m. Sam Sanders wants to put the word to rest and I never even heard of it’s use until this morning.
Funny how these things are, don’t you think? I guess that says a lot about where my head is at. Don’t get me wrong I am aware of the struggles people have in the world today, I’m just not always up on the latest cliché that gets used in regards to it.
Personally, I have words of my own that I would love to see put to rest forever. One in particular is the word “fresh” used on most all of the cooking shows these days to describe, of all things, the taste of a particular food that has just been prepared and presented.
Think about it, doesn’t it seem totally unnecessary to even say that something tastes fresh or that by adding some particular herb you’re adding freshness to the dish? This is totally ridiculous given that if something is not fresh to begin with, why on earth would you want to be cooking with it or eating it in the first place? If a food is not fresh than it is garbage, right?
Another word that could definitely use a rest when it comes to describing food is texture. Call me crazy but if I bite into something and it crunches, all that says to me is “gross”! Kinda like finding bones in the fish and broth and eggshells in the scrambled eggs.
I don’t know about anyone else but when I bite into something, I simply want it to taste perfectly blended with all the flavors of all the ingredients that were added to the dish. If it’s supposed to be crunchy, it will be.
I think what I’m looking for in a prepared dish is what Barbra Streisand described in the movie, “The Mirror Has Two Faces” as “the perfect bite”, that’s all that I want.
And alas, still one more word to be laid to rest in 2019, for sure for me at least, is the word “correct”. My gosh, can’t anyone just answer “yes” to a question asked anymore?
Anyway, I guess you get my point.
Whatever words you choose to use, like I’ve heard it said in Alcoholics Anonymous, “say what you mean, mean what you say but don’t say it mean”.
As always, thank you for reading and may you have a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year!