Friday, 25 April 2008

It's mildly annoying...

I'm slightly irritated by the way people tend to use extreme words like disgusted, disgraceful and outraged over relatively minor issues like an over-run on roadworks, or delays in clearing up litter.

If someone is outraged by a couple of days delay in repairing a water hydrant, how do they respond to a rape?

If someone is disgusted by litter in the street, how do they feel about genocide in Rwanda?

There are plenty of other less extreme words - I like peeved or miffed, and words like annoyed, irritated, worried, concerned and cross are useful. In fact quite cross is probably my favourite...

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