Think About What You Are Saying #2

11 August 2009

I have posted a number of articles under the category of "Words for Thought". Part of the purpose in writing those articles is to share interesting insights into words that are often unusual. Today I would like to focus on words from a different perspective: words that are common in our society but that we often use without fully considering the meaning of what we are saying.  The first article of this type was posted last August.  I guess it's time for an update.  Next up: gangsta...

Gangsta/Gangster

I recently heard one of my professional colleagues describe herself (in a facetious manner) as "gangsta".  The quote: "I am so gangsta!"

I had not heard that expression so I looked it up and came across this description of "gangsta rap":

Gangsta rap is a genre of hip hop that reflects the violent lifestyles of some inner-city youths. 

The subject matter inherent in gangsta rap has caused a great deal of controversy. Criticism has come from both left wing and right wing commentators, and religious leaders, who have accused the genre of promoting homophobia, violence, racism, profanity, promiscuity, misogyny, rape, street gangs, drive-by shootings, vandalism, thievery, drug dealing, alcohol abuse, substance abuse and materialism.

Hmmm... sounds lovely, doesn't it?

It was also noted that gangsta came from the word gangster which is described in this way:

A gangster or mobster is a criminal who is a member of a crime organization, such as a gang.

I am thinking this is not something with which we should be associating.  Just call me conservative. :)

 

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