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Hyphenated Words

What is a hyphenated word?
A written impression?
An expression of discourse?
Defamation redefined?
At fault when it is labeled as hate?

What are words when they change
to play a different game, 
to make it more palatable, 
the meaning remains unchanged?

The use of hyphenated words, 
politically correct hate.


 Author Note:

The use of hyphenated words such as the N-word has become an acceptable alternative in 
discussions related to racial slurs. I fail to understand how this is tolerated when the word 
has the same meaning and should have the same impact as unacceptable under any 

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  1. Date: 6/4/2010 4:51:00 AM
    Thought provoking poem!

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 9:46:00 PM
    I like how you left the author's note to explain you meant a particular kind of hyphenated word and the last two lines of the poem are very powerful. Congrats on your HM.LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 6:19:00 PM
    A hate word is still a hate word. A swear word is still a swear word, no matter how many hyphens. Great observation. Congratulations. Love, joyce

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 5:45:00 PM
    I loved the message in this thought provoking little poem!! Well said, Mac...and I agree with the theme of this winning poem.! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 5:03:00 PM
    Congrats Mac on your HM in Say the Word contest with this wonderful write... enjoy your special honor this holiday weekend.. with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 5/27/2010 8:32:00 AM
    Very educative

  1. Date: 5/27/2010 12:59:00 AM
    thanks for the info, very interesting poem,..p.d.