Bdelygmia (del-ig’-mi-a): Expressing hatred and abhorrence of a person, word, or deed.
“Negotiate” has lost its lustre as politicians shamelessly defame it in their obscene media machinations, as if refusing their cynical call to “negotiate” somehow signifies a Presidential character flaw.
Do we negoitiate with terrorists? No.
Do we negotiate with hostage takers? No.
Do we negotiate with highjackers? No.
We say that it’s a sign of courage to do one’s duty and refuse to negotiate when there’s a metaphorical gun to one’s head.
We say give back “negotiation’s” promising and hopeful meaning so it may further our shared democratic project. Let’s negotiate so that we may fill the political fissure with a common ground wherupon we may charitably pursue the common good.
Put down the gun.
Pick up the phone.
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).