Thursday 8 December 2016

Vive la difference - but it all does get a bit confusing...

Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30

A participant takes part in Sydney's colourful gay Mardi Gras. 'It is only right that more people feel comfortable in defining their sexuality'
A participant takes part in Sydney's colourful gay Mardi Gras. 'It is only right that more people feel comfortable in defining their sexuality'

The wonderfully powerful thing about language is that it is effervescent and ever expanding. From time to time, word combinations evolve in the language which clearly encapsulate the zeitgeist, thus affording us a short cut to what it is we are trying to say. For instance when we first heard the word, 'omni-shambles' or 'photo bombing', new incarnations of old words made perfect sense. Other words and phrases transpire but instead of providing convenience - only lead to enhance the confusion, like 'conscious uncoupling' for example.

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Last Saturday morning, I received a slightly unnerving early morning wake-up call from my 70-plus-year-old mother (who is probably more open minded than she should be). "Good Morning Dear, what is gender fluidity?" she asked.

Fearing the worst, I experienced my very first flush of sympathy for the Kardashian clan. I wondered if this meant that I would have to go shopping for a brand-new wardrobe with my mother in Louis Copeland.

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