the use of the word "mean." Not in the sense of a midway position, or something halfway between two other things. No, I mean "mean" as in "that's not nice."
Men don't seem to use this word in the same way women do.
Women bloggers say:
"No mean comments allowed."
"You can say whatever you like, but don't be mean."
"That's just mean."
"How can people be so mean?"
I could be way off base here (and if you are a male blogger who uses the word mean in the above-defined way, please let me know. I could be missing a whole set of really nice male bloggers.) But, in general, I think it's women who, as guardians of civilization, employ the word "mean" to mean simply "mean." And we mean it. We don't like meanness and we won't tolerate it. Especially not on our blogs.
And, if you find this post to be silly or inane, please feel free to say so.
Just don't be mean.