Monday, September 19, 2011

Faith tradition?

What kind of a person describes their religious beliefs as their "faith tradition"? Do they also describe their spouse as "life partner"?

Why are more and more people talking like corporate and government press releases in casual conversation?


Drew said...

someone who doesn't really believe in them, probably

Ilíon said...

"What kind of a person describes their religious beliefs as their "faith tradition"?"

The sort of person who doesn't actually believe the content of said "faith tradition".

Crude said...

See, I actually don't think it's that easy.

What I fear is that there's this certain kind of very bland, cardboard language that we encounter day upon day, and people are starting to take it up almost as a reflex. Particularly when they're speaking in public, and not just among friends.

I wonder how many people would, in private conversation with friends, talk about their 'life partner' or their 'faith tradition'. My gut tells me that very few would. Just as a typical person would say "I got fired" in that case, even if in a public case he may say "SoftCo and I mutually arrived at the conclusion that it would be optimal for both parties if other opportunities were pursued at this time."

Ilíon said...

Sure, eventually, the monkey-see monkey-do effect kicks in. But, the early adopters would mostly have been those for whom the empty phrase "faith tradition" fully expressed the depth of their "faith".

Who says "spouse" when speaking of his own? One says, "my wife" or "my husband".

The early "life partners" weren't even married. The second-wave may have been, but:
1) didn't want to make the first-wavers feel bad by emphasizing that they were not, in fact, married;
2) thought it sound deeper (as in, woo-woo deep) than to say "my wife" or "my husband

Ilíon said...

Different topic, same mindless/obscene bureaucratese