This Woman Pointed Out Men Turn To Using Big Words When They Get Called Out For Any Reason. Why Does A Bruised Ego Make Them Shashi Tharoors?
If you can’t defeat them, use big words. Turns out that’s a tactic a lot of men use online when they’re trying to defend themselves, lest they be proved wrong by their adversaries—the female of the species. Sometimes, the best gyaan you’ll ever get isn’t from a book or a guru, it’s from a Twitter thread. Trust me on this. And the most recent one that I came across blew my mind with the powers of observation. Say, have you ever noticed that when you disagree with men online, their vocabulary suddenly changes to make them seem more intellectual? It’s as if they think using big words and talking like they’re reading a revolutionary speech will win them extra points in the argument! Well, Twitter user Jenny Nicholson made this on point observation, and got a lot of people agreeing with her in the replies!
You know that thing where you disagree with a guy online and suddenly his vocab switches from completely normal to "writing missives from the revolutionary war in a quill pen" as though that's going to give him some kind of intellectual high ground
— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) August 24, 2020
No, don’t think this is just something she made up. Girl came armed with proof!
In the replies you'll find a lot of women knowing exactly what I'm talking about and a lot of men going "I do not see why one should not be precise in his manner of expression, I merely desire to clarify my intent lest my intentions be misjudged by hostile adversaries"
— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) August 25, 2020
Wow, did you see that glow up? One minute the guy was using phrases like ‘laughing my ass off’, and the next minute, it is all ‘absurdity and ridiculousness of the general situation’ and ‘bunch of inane children’!
So wait, does this work? Surprisingly we’ve seen enough examples of this one IRL to know it is effective. Even the stupidest things, when said nicely, suddenly elevates the person and their statements to a higher level. Don’t just listen to me or Jenny though. A lot of people agree!
when he drops the first "females" it's time to run
— the sultan of slime 🧪🦠 (@Lia_HMQ) August 24, 2020
Dear god – yes. 😂 pic.twitter.com/McGRIGQTXY
— Kerry Lyone (@kerry_lyone) August 25, 2020
My clapback is gonna be so intellectual they'll narrate on the History channel while slowly zooming on portraits from the 1860s
— 🔞Karras (@karras_walker) August 24, 2020
Then hold for a few seconds of silence before piano music starts playing and we transition into the next scene pic.twitter.com/vB0DAbqc6X
— Josh (@visconti_ace) August 25, 2020
The evolution of "saying dumb shit nicely means the argument is intellectually superior" has created new forms of comedy.
— Duan "YM2612" Sparkles (@DuanSparkles) August 24, 2020
Oh god this one. Everytime I imagine them wrapping themselves in their cape, clutching it as they climb onto their high horses
— UehUehUeh (@UhrUrhDurh) August 25, 2020
The other day this dude tried to mansplain to me that I was incorrectly misspelling the name of my, I repeat MY country. Then proceeded to try to explain (wrongly) how my mother tongue (which he did not speak) works. Men are nothing if not bold lmao
— Tess 🦋 (@tessmoonwalker) August 25, 2020
I have prepared my most elementary crayon drawing. pic.twitter.com/PSIBvu4Oku
— Eve (@chainsaw_gf) August 25, 2020
The whole conversation eventually just morphed into a full-blown sarcastic trolling, which made things even funnier! Can we call it a…
— Gion (@GionSpot) August 24, 2020
I believe what you intended to submit was that being loquacious is fundamental to maintaining superior intellect
— Paige (@MelFray) August 25, 2020
Wait wait wait. My quill has an off setting? Oh dear. What a calamitous revelation.
— Matthew Literovich (@LiterovichM) August 25, 2020
Your use of the word cromulent has embiggend its inferred meaning.
— troy lambert (@troylam07606561) August 25, 2020
I say madam terrible form tho shall end hostility at once and henceforth be banished from the shire in which ye dwell and fined five shillings. So says I the witchfinder general. pic.twitter.com/WbBViMhW8Q
— unoriginal name here🌹 (@N0_face_no_name) August 25, 2020
I enraged a guy on okc years ago when I pointed out that “auspicious” and “suspicious” mean different things because I “didn’t understand context”
— Sam (@LadySam721) August 25, 2020
I love to see this in action.
"Quite frankly, my dear tweeter, you hath writ much to fondly of the suffragettes who oft resorted to rioutous and, dare I say, dangerous acts of sabotage against our fair and splendored city! You can tell I am right from my anachronism."
— 🏳️🌈Mike the Fox🏳️🌈 (@JenPallante) August 24, 2020
Couldn’t help it… pic.twitter.com/xP3fHnBYq0
— Roberto Blake 🧢 The Last AirBender (@robertoblake) August 25, 2020
Some men even admitted to doing this, and unable to figure out why exactly they pick the choicest words from their vocabulary to reply!
I'm not gonna lie… I do this… I am aware I do it… I can't fucking stop. It's not just with women online either. The moment I'm in an argument online with anyone, I become a fucking 18th century aristocrat and I can't fucking figure out why or how to stop it!
— Jay Xythos (@JayXythos) August 25, 2020
We tend to see people who are socially seen as "intellectual" using that kind of vocabulary all the time in media, is natural that people suddenly change their own vocabulary to look that kind of people, believe it or not, much much people do that without even knowing 🤔
— Niji (;-_-)/ (@Niji_de) August 25, 2020
Yeah I kind of do that, I think it's a defensive thing like to make yourself look smarter like when a cat puffs up its fur?
— Grindolf (@Grindolf) August 25, 2020
Oh god, am I like this?
I hope I'm not like this :c
— Felix #FuckTheFascists (@Aka_Pcfx) August 25, 2020
That’s not to say everyone agreed with the deduction. There were many men and women who pointed out what the guy did was pretty natural. He was asked to explain himself, correct? Isn’t that exactly what he did?
I genuinely dont know what one would write instead of that response. Like, was the expected response "Dudes out here saying milkies like they're toddlers or some shit lmao".
Like seriously, when asked for an explanation, are you not supposed to explain?
— Pknesstorm (@Pknesstorm) August 25, 2020
I'm a girl and I don't get this? I think if anything I actually do this. If I'm asked to explain something I don't want to be misunderstood in case it turns nasty so I switch to more formal precice language
— TaliRarity 🌈⚽️🔫🦋❤🍀🌈 (@TaliRarity13) August 25, 2020
If somebody questions you, you're kind of supposed to explain your thinking…this shift seems pretty natural here
— Pacific Coasters (@So_Cal_TP_Fan) August 25, 2020
What do you think though? Do men tend to turn into Shashi Tharoor and use big words to win arguments and prove themselves right? Unfortunately, the ones I’ve gotten in a disagreement with resort to abusive language, because that’s the norm in our country. But can you imagine being spoken to like you’re a character from Shakespeare’s plays? I’d still call out the guy, but it would be nice to have a Twitter war that’s an exasperating farrago of distortions instead of ‘trolling’!