Saturday, December 16, 2006

What's that got to do with anything?

This isn't quite homesteading, but...

On the American Working Farmcollies e-list, a woman posted about what a great guard dog her English Shepherd is:
"Today we had a group of Hispanics come to pick up some wethers. When they pulled up & got out, Buck stopped them at the front of their truck until I came out to greet them. Once we shook hands he wagged his tail & left them alone."

Now, maybe as a minority with a degree in linguistics, I'm more aware of how race is used in everyday language, but, really, how is telling us the group was of Hispanic heritage relevant to the topic. It could easily have been "a group of people" and that would have made no difference to the story.

This is not the first time I've heard people use irrelevant qualifiers. One of these days, I might even consider it worthwhile to point it out to them...if I didn't think we were all going to Hades in a handbasket anyway.

"To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge." ~ Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)