Idjit Vocabulary

Two new expressions have been added to my list of vocabulary that characterizes people as idiots:

– gestational mother


– a spike in coronavirus cases.

Curiously, both phrases seem completely normal to the exact same kind of people.

10 thoughts on “Idjit Vocabulary”

  1. “Spike in coronavirus cases” sort of makes sense, metaphorically.

    “Gestational mother” has at least three possible meanings; maybe more. So I have no idea at all how to interpret it.


  2. Re gestational mother, it may refer to a woman carrying a fetus from another woman’s egg because of her fertility problems or those of the other woman. In short, either a surrogate mother or a woman whose eggs are not viable but is capable of carrying a fetus from an egg of another woman.


  3. “Spike in coronavirus cases” simply means a sharp rise in reported cases of coronavirus infections. Such things can happen, have happened, and will probably continue to happen in certain places when the circumstances are right (or wrong, depending on how you look at it).

    “Gestational mother”, OTOH, is a long-winded version of the existing term “birth mother”, reworked into something with less positive connotations in accordance with a particular view of gender.


      1. But in the case of adoption, you need two distinct terms, and “mother” is ambiguous. Yes, yes, biologically only the woman who gave birth to the person is the mother, but how many children of adoption say “Hang on, I need to call my adoptive mother” instead of “Hang on, I need to call my mother”? In daily conversation they’ll just use the word “mother”, but there will be conversations where the distinctions matter, and no matter which one you think should just be called “mother” and which one should get an additional qualifier in front of the word, some people will do it the other way, so you need two distinct words. “Birth mother” and “adoptive mother” are accurate terms that each clearly describe the role of each woman in the child’s life.


        1. In my culture, it’s normal to refer to your in-laws as mom and dad. In daily usage, people often shorten stepmom or adoptive mom to mom. But this doesn’t necessitate renaming the actual mom into anything else.

          This might seem like a trivial issue but it’s part in a larger war against biology where there’s no such thing as inherited intelligence, no such thing as biological sex, and everything is infinitely malleable.

          It’s not the term in itself. It’s the mentality behind it.

          I just read a long thread on Twitter about how gifted school programs should be canceled because all kids are equally gifted. I read in 3 languages at age 4, so it’s hard to take this seriously.


          1. I’m with you on a lot of this, but making biology explicit (“birth family” or “biological family” to distinguish from adoptive relationships) isn’t denial of biology. Denial of biology is questioning whether “mother” is a coherent concept (which, yes, some people are doing).

            We’ve long had the phrase “That person is like a father/mother/brother/sister to me” to make the point that an emotional connection is so strong that it’s comparable to something biological. That sort of framing doesn’t deny the power of biology, it explicitly acknowledges it, by placing it atop the hierarchy of relationships.

            Calling an adoptive parent a parent, and clarifying when needed with terms that acknowledge parenting as both a biological relationship and a tremendous life-long action that one undertakes, doesn’t deny biology.


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