Recent harassment disclosures seem to get uglier the deeper we dig. These are significant disclosures & spark significant emotion, but we Americans aren’t famous for our facility with emotional vocabulary. This week’s Wordmonger post asks, What are you really feeling about all this?
Our default word tends to be angry. Dictionaries tells us anger is a broad term which implies emotional agitation of no specified intensity, aroused by great displeasure. That doesn’t quite nail my emotional response to all this, so here are some options:
Fury is an overwhelming rage of a frenzied nature, bordering on madness.
When we feel upset we’re experiencing an emotional toppling or disorganization.
Ire suggests that our anger & wrath are transforming into keen resentment.
When we are vexed, we are troubled, annoyed, irritated, & disturbed.
Wrath is deep indignation expressing itself in a desire to punish or extract revenge.
When we are enraged we experience uncontrolled anger that often results in violence.
Indignation is righteous anger aroused by what is considered unjust, mean, or shameful.
Smoldering means fully or partially suppressed rage and fury.
When we are incensed we are spitefully or furiously angry.
And rage is a violent outburst of anger unleashed through a loss of self control.
I’m hoping you readers will use the comments section to identify the emotions you’re experiencing in response to recent harassment disclosures. Even better — suggest how our society can constructively respond to all this.
& the 1959 Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language.