“Do you feel it is your job to chastise others for word choices which displease you and then…
Rev. Fred Denial

I was playing with you. I thought your were bold enough that you might laugh at a taste of your own style. I fully admitted hypocrisy, as I’m sure you noticed.

I did not say I thought you could not express your opinion. I just took the opportunity to express my annoyance at how you choose to do so. How, pray tell, is that different from you? Giving sauce to the gander might be the best medicine, thought I.

If the below is not a suggestion on how to live based on the creed of Rev. Fred, I don’t know what is.

Everyone can have events cause bad memories to surface … Most people get over it, not the bad memory, but whining about the slightest thing that they can find to associate with it.

There is a difference between misuse and overuse of a word. Trigger may be overused, but it is not slang or, in the case of TeriJo’s piece, misused. Trigger has long been defined as an event precipitant. The idea that something can trigger an emotional reaction is hardly a new one.

Would I have used “trigger” in that context? Probably not, because it doesn’t fit my style. But I was not the one struggling to express myself. The fact that “trigger” has become shorthand for an array of flashback-type reactions means it can communicate a wealth of associations with brevity. It is, therefore, not an unreasonable choice when composing poetry, especially if one’s readership is a demographic that uses this word.

My suspicion is, unless you have an extremely delicate constitution or unexpressed word-trauma, you are the one who is misusing “trigger” when it comes to a petty annoyance with vocabulary.