The State of the Union Address and Sharing New Words

This blog post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton was the first to use the word gay in a State of the Union Address.  Why did we have to wait so long for that milestone?

In 2015, President Barack Obama was the first to use the words bisexual, lesbian and transgender in a State of the Union Address.  Why did we have to wait so long for that milestone?

Last night, President Donald Trump was the first to use the verb freeloading in a State of the Union Address.  Couldn’t he have stopped himself?

I admit I didn’t watch or listen to the speech, and I don’t know the complete context in which freeloading was used.  I just know that many Republicans use that word disparagingly to insult anyone who asks for help.  The word isn’t always reserved for selfish people who neglect to do their fair share.  It can be a blanket slur.  Apparently, in this instance it was used in a comment on global trade.

I’ll resist the urge to ramble on about the times The Donald has made money on businesses that failed.  When a business fails, people lose their jobs and creditors don’t get paid.  I’ll also resist the urge to ramble on about how The Donald’s daily routine remained comfortable during the recent government shutdown that caused hardships for federal employees, contractors and other people.

If you’d like to see a chart of words introduced recently in SOTU speeches, please click the link below.  You can hover over those words — including freeloading — to get at least a partial sense of how the words were intended.

You can also see the entire speech on YouTube, but I don’t think I’ll include the link here.🙄  Hey, it’s my blog, and I’ll set the standards.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/politics/trump-state-of-the-union/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.9f0c4c32d2ec

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