Speaking Our Language

Language and the way people use it, written and spoken, fascinates me. I suppose that might be obvious, since I’m a writer. However, as a cop, being able to communicate efficiently and with accuracy helped me avoid lots of problems in court and on the streets, an undertaking that was much more perilous than writing an article. The proper use of language expands understanding between people. But what troubles me is the political left’s misuse and abuse of language.

For example, when I was a kid, a bum was a bum. In fact, even the bums knew they were bums. By the time I started as a cop, the left had promoted bums to “transients.” Dispatch would send me to remove a transient from a storefront or to investigate a transient camp where people who police suspected of burglarizing nearby homes were staying, illegally of course.