LETTER: Wowser words serve nobody
THE misuse of words by the media, the public and governments is not uncommon (‘‘Workers united create the union’’ Letters 18/2).
It seems that emotional connotations are used to discredit those targeted.
I have often seen the word ‘‘wowsers’’ used in emotive language as a means to discredit. People have short memories and fail to think beyond number ‘‘one’’.
When so-called ‘‘wowsers’’ opposed extended drinking hours and Sunday trading they were seeking to retain some standards that were for the good of all.
Compare the 1960 and ’70s social issues to those of today.
At least back then, families and individuals could largely live in safety and even travel home from Newcastle on public transport without fear.
Doors were left unlocked and keys left in cars, with a relative degree of trust.
How far have we really come?
True, the so-called ‘‘good old days’’ had a different set of problems and carried other scars.
But it does not help society generally, when our media, leaders and governments resort to emotive language and deflect from the real issues.
Keith A. Ferguson