Over use of the word hero

Gigabyte / P35-ds3r
January 3, 2012 at 15:45:48
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Yikes. anyone and every one is labeled a hero.

A child crossed the street for the first time, s/he's a hero.

A cop does their job, they are a hero.

A soldier comes home and they are a hero.

They may indeed have done something heroic and more power to them. But jeez, evryone who gets up in the morning is now a hero.

No, they are not.

The definition:

he·ro
   [heer-oh] Show IPA
noun, plural -roes; for 5 also -ros.
1.
a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2.
a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.
3.
the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
4.
Classical Mythology .
a.
a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
b.
(in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.
c.
(in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod.

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.

Emo Philips


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#1
January 3, 2012 at 21:10:10
Here in Australia (and particularly among football players) we also have "icons" and "legends", heroes is worked to death as well.

Makes you sick doesn't it?


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#2
January 4, 2012 at 04:54:57
I hear ya and couldn't agree more. A hero to me is a person who goes beyond the call of duty to something that made a huge difference in someone's life. The word is especially overused in the military. Not to discredit those guys and gals for one minute, but not everyone who returns home from the war is a hero.

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#3
January 4, 2012 at 11:15:41
Jessica Lynch was a great example of this here in the U.S.

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#4
January 4, 2012 at 14:16:15
True. She was brave, no doubt. But she wasn't a hero even by her own account.

The military was looking for a boost in it's ratings at the time so they used her.

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.

Emo Philips


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#5
January 6, 2012 at 04:29:58
I think this is close to what the average person would call heroes. And rightly so.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/MDOrzF...

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.

Emo Philips


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#6
January 13, 2012 at 12:54:41
Another thing I have a beef with is the standing ovulation. Just because a celebrity walks out from behind a curtain, a difficult task I admit for many celebs, doesn't mean they get a standing ovulation.

Enough already.

"Naked man told to Halt! And drop the iguana."

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#7
January 13, 2012 at 14:45:47
Ha Ha, Seawatch 1, did you mean ovation?

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#8
January 13, 2012 at 15:20:41
Yes. Wanted to see if anyone would catch it.

"Naked man told to Halt! And drop the iguana."

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#9
January 13, 2012 at 15:47:12
I agree with you 110 percent. In some ways it is a standing ovulation :)))

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#10
January 14, 2012 at 21:16:25
Thank you seawatch1 for response #5. I had forgotten about the boats that day. Sad thing is my uncle was running one of them. I remember him telling me about the coast guard putting out the call to take all you felt you could safely carry not what you could legally carry.

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#11
January 15, 2012 at 06:56:21
Shelbyclan,

In circumstances such as those, the rules be damned. You save a life as best you can.

"Naked man told to Halt! And drop the iguana."

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#12
January 16, 2012 at 00:09:29
Oh yeah above all. Just think how long it would take any branch of any military to get something like that done. Heck it would have been 12 hours before the first boat was launched. I guess there comes a time when we have to get out of our own way and let everyone do what we need to do.

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#13
January 16, 2012 at 04:18:20
Ronald Reagan once said "One of the most terrifying things one can hear is, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.'"

How true.

"Naked man told to Halt! And drop the iguana."

Crime Report headline from the Key West Citizen

Intelligent people don't have time to Tweet.


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