Optics and Upticks

It irritates me no end to hear news anchors and journalists discussing the ‘optics’ of a situation when they simply mean how a situation appears to look to others. It’s one of those US-originating uses of a word that has now seeped far too comfortably into everyday usage here in the UK too. To me it just sounds pretentious, like so much other trendy ‘spin’ terminology used to obfuscate meaning.

Personally I find ‘optics’ when used in this way to be a lazy, sloppy use of a real word that describes a real branch of scientific research. I studied optics as part of my physics exam at school, and the way I learned it, optics looks at the physical properties of light, not people’s perceptions of how things look politically.

But instead of relating to immutable scientific fact, ‘optics’ now seems to relate to inifinitely variable individual opinions, which, in a worrying world of ‘alternative truths’ muddies the waters of reality far too much for my liking, giving an apparent lexical weight to something that at source is often little more than lip-service hot air.

Ooh, and while I’m at it, I find ‘uptick’ to be another really annoying sound-bite word that gets bandied about everywhere these days – I do understand that language naturally changes over time, but some of these adaptations just seem to jar with me far more than others… 🙂

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Opt

Birds Eating Breakfast

This morning saw a really busy breakfast shift at our bird feeder – sadly by the time I thought to fetch my camera the main rush hour had passed, but I still caught a few stragglers.

Today we saw sparrows, blue tits, coal tits, a robin and even a goldfinch at the feeder, not to mention the blackbirds and pigeons hanging about for overspill leftovers.

It definitely brought a big smile to our faces over breakfast to watch the to-ing and fro-ing and tag-team shenanigans of the small bird world, courtesy of our kitchen window 🙂

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Share Your World: 23 Nov 2020

What is worse than a dentist with bad breath?

A gynaecologist with dirty hands and filthy fingernails…

Have you ever been rejected by someone that you liked, or been told that you were not good enough for someone else?

Yes and yes… Unrequited love always hurts. And my first husband (father of my three children) told me when I left him that no-one else would ever want me as I was second hand damaged goods… nice!

Did you ever want to have toast for breakfast, only to find that all your bread was covered in green mould?

Upsettingly yes, and I have to be really careful with that because I’m allergic to green mould, including penicillin…

Did you ever sneeze so hard that your whole body hurt?

Nope, but when I had pleurisy in my mid-twenties even breathing hurt so much I thought I might die…

Did you ever buy clothing on the internet that didn’t fit, but you wore them anyway because you didn’t want to spend the shipping charge to send them back?

I’m not a great one for internet shopping, and will usually only buy something online if I get free delivery and free returns, so probably not. But if I did I’d be more likely to give it away than send it back, either to someone else or donate it to a charity shop… 🙂

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