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Hey, Gang, You Don’t Have to be Violent


It’s too bad we live in a society that causes us to associate a perfectly good word with something evil. Today’s case in point: gang.

When I was a child watching “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” the character Fred often referred to Daphne, Velma and Shaggy as “gang:” Well, gang, it looks like we’ve got another mystery. So, I knew a gang was “a group of persons working together,” which is one of my dictionary’s definitions of the word.

The word actually goes back to the 12th century and means “a combination of similar implements or devices arranged for convenience to act together.”

But somewhere along the way, gang developed a bad rap. Blame the Crips and Bloods if you must (though there are so many others), but gang too often means “a group of persons working to unlawful or antisocial ends, esp. a band of antisocial adolescents.”

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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April 18, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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