posted on Mar, 4 2011 @ 06:32 PM
Has anyone else noticed the recent popularity of the word VITRIOL? It is one of those obscure words that seldom sees print and is almost never used in
conversation yet I have heard and seen it dozens of times in the last two months. As far as I can tell it began with a NY Times article on the
shootings in Arizona dated January 8, 2011. Almost immediately talk radio hosts were using it followed by listeners who just HAD to use the word in a
sentence, of course the news networks and local papers soon jumped on that bandwagon.
The definition of the word is "inflamatory language, bitterly abusive language" and in an effort to link the killings to free speech it was tossed
around like confetti. In the same way that murder becomes manslaughter, hate speech becomes vitriol, brilliant.
Vitriol now climbs to the top of my list of words or phrases that will make me want to hit you with a stick, followed closely by "at the end of the
day". If you never used the word prior to 2011 you are forbidden from using it now.