Words are imperfect and perceptions about words and their meaning are constantly shifting.

Let’s look at the word goat. At one point, if you called someone that, it implied that the person screwed up. It was an ultimate insult. Calling someone a goat was particularly common in anything that involved teamwork. The irony is that calling another “the goat,” actually made them the scapegoat for all the others for their failure to perform and pull together as a team. Instead, the anger and frustration became focused on one, who became the goat for at least the day. 

Today goat has an entirely polar opposite meaning.  To be the G.O.A.T. means you’re the greatest of all time.  

There are lots of words like this.  There are countless situations like this. Meanings shift based on who makes the declaration most forcefully.

That’s what I’m thinking about. Such is life.  That’s it. Doesn’t make it right or fair. Simply confirms that human nature is endlessly worth observation and study. 

PS: If you look closely at this image, I’m hanging with the uber cool black Princess Leia. I get such a kick out of the fact that some artistic rebel painted this in the stairwell of my building!

I’m @DianGriesel aka a perception analyst & strategist; creative attitude disrupter, & adjuster; author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook & TurboCharged: The Silver Disobedience Edition; and the blogger & model known as @SilverDisobedience  More info on my websites (search my name) and at Wilhelmina Models. Silver Disobedience® is a Registered Trademark.