This is a screenshot of a message I got last night from someone I’ve never spoken to. I’ve expertly doctored it as you can see, using the stickers available on my phone, it was either that or a snowman, so I used the nutcracker.
Yes, I wrote “empathetic” in my profile. Do I care if he doesn’t recognise it as a word? No.
Was I mean to him in that message I sent before blocking him? Yes. But I think he deserved it for angering me.
I like language, and as a teenager maybe I was more of a pedant with punctuation and grammar and vocabulary than I am now. I think I’ve grown up and I no longer see the point in “correcting” people.
All he was doing by introducing himself and the conversation in that way was trying to belittle me and I won’t be belittled by a nutcracker.
I just feel that, unless someone is using offensive slurs or really appropriative or inappropriate language, let them be. Simple mistakes or a little bit of creativity shouldn’t make people feel the need to try and chop people up.
Making words fit for what you need them for is fine, I reckon. That’s how new words come about and without change and growth, language would become stagnant.
For the record, I was saying in my profile, in the I’m really good at section: “Being empathetic and non-judgemental :).” Sympathetic didn’t feel right, so I wrote empathetic and that’s not a crime nutcracker, so stop cracking my nuts.
Also, “joke practice”, srsly? 😉
P.S. Just found this:
Not a fantastic picture, but it says:
of, relating to, or characterised by empathy, the psychological identification with the feelings, thought or attitudes of others:
a sensitive, empathetic school counsellor.
P.P.S – Also, I don’t know this guy’s intention, it felt accusatory and annoying but, if it was an opener, just a note – I hate when people try and start an argument as an opener – but that’s a post for another day maybe.