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Pick a Different Word

June 20, 2014

I’m probably not the most politically correct person. I don’t tend to make huge mistakes that land my foot in my mouth, but I occasionally wish I could get a do-over when I speak. When I use social media, I tend to be more careful even. What I write – whether under my actual name or not – is a reflection upon me and everything I stand for. Even if I have a disclaimer on the top of my Twitter feed that the views expressed are mine and mine alone, the fact is that what I say may cause my employer some grief.

I won’t make this a big lecture, but a few days ago, a reader sent me an image of an old tweet (2012) from Janet Barresi’s campaign manager, Robyn Matthews. I don’t know much about her, so I looked at her Twitter feed and found that she sometimes gets impatient while waiting for lunch.


I can relate to that. I too like to eat my soup while it’s still warm. What I can’t relate to is the use of the R word to describe people trying to scalp Thunder tickets.


I find it offensive. Perhaps it’s just how I was raised. I get that not all people are wired that way, and I really try not to be the word police, but I have been known to ask others around me to pick a different word when I hear that one. It’s senseless. It’s imprecise. It’s insulting.

I also don’t work for a politician who acts like she’s the state’s leading advocate for special needs children. Then again, as of May 8, 2012, neither did Robyn Matthews. At that point, according to her online CV, she was a “Public Relations Coordinator,” a few months away from becoming a “Freelance Social Media Coordinator.” In that case, she definitely should have known better.

Perhaps it’s a mistake of youth. We have all had those. In 2012, Barresi was still two campaign managers away from selecting Matthews to run this train wreck. Heck, in 2012, she was still for PARCC and the Common Core! In any case, it’s not a good reflection on the candidate. Someone with a degree in journalism from OSU and a promising career in public relations should know better. Then again, when I was four years out of high school, I don’t know how smart I was about everything I said. Thankfully, there was no social media around to capture my gaffes.

End of lecture. Back to the countdown later this evening.

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  1. Jill
    June 20, 2014 at 8:14 am

    For someone working for someone I. Education that is extremely insensitive. Even if she wasn’t working for her at the time, for Barresi to pick someone who is not more careful with their words and reputation of how they speak says something.


  2. J D
    June 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

    It sounds like she has a third grade vocabulary.


  3. June 20, 2014 at 8:41 am

    This is really funny. If this was a hard charging flack for anyone else we would take it with a grain of salt. This is how being the State Supt. really is different from other elected positions in the state.


  4. June 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    My kids are prohibited from using the R word. If they mean “dumb ass,” they are supposed to say “dumb ass.” I may have to defend that at the principal’s office some day but I’m willing and able to do it. 🙂

    I have no knowledge of this particular political flack’s credentials or career but considering that she works for Jennifer Carter and DDS Barresi, I don’t think we can expect too much from her. Most “hard charging flacks” know better than to shoot their mouths off, esp in the social media.

    – Former Flack


  5. Mgigi45
    June 21, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I know others employed there currently who use that word on a daily basis to describe a situation or person. These are the people who get promoted.


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