And it’s sickening!
I mean annoying!
Which doesn’t mean “fierce”!
But for some time now, the kids–especially gay ones–have taken over the word “sickening” and applied it to anything they love.
They’ll prattle on about how that outfit is sickening, that movie is sickening, that sample sale is sickening–all with a giddy smile and two thumbs planted upwards in the air.
And it’s mental.
I’m tired of words being turned around to mean the opposite of what they were intended to mean.
I’ve gotten in trouble calling loved ones “bitch” and relatives the c-word.
It’s too exhausting to try to explain to them, “It’s ironic! We’ve seized the word to regain power over it, so we can divest it of its impact and make it a term of endearment.”
It’s so much easier to just say “fabulous.”
No explanation or rationale whatsoever is required.
So let’s stop saying that really terrific things are sickening.
Unless you mean it!
Using it as a compliment makes me sick!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 30, 2012