I was surfing the blogosphere the other day, and I came across a word that I have always disliked.
Now, I hope I’m not being blasphemous, since this word is actually IN THE BIBLE. But…here it is:
I know this is nothing wrong with the word. It’s just a word. But are some reasons I have never really liked it:
1. It sounds like some kind of “meat.”
2. Take out some letters, and you get “helmet.”
3. I’ve often heard it used INCORRECTLY by men who want to dominate/oppress/control women.
4. It sounds like some kind of accessory. Picture, if you will, a man about ready to leave for work – “Let’s see, I’ve got my wallet, my watch, my briefcase. Ooops, I almost forgot my helpmeet.”
None of these are great reasons, and I probably couldn’t defend a one of them, but that’s the way I feel.
And now you know what I’m thinking whenever someone uses it. “That meat helmet makes a bad accessory!”