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  •  I didn't take the use of the word (14+ / 0-)

    "disproportionate" to be intended as a criticism, but rather a statement of pride that The Troubadour believes that Jews have been involved in social action in numbers greater than our percentage of the overall population.

    "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 09:38:20 PM PST

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    •  Hm, that's possible (0+ / 0-)

      but it seemed like it was a condemnation. There's been a ton of talk lately about disproportionate responses lately in discussions of Israel and Palestine.

      If I did read this wrong, understand that there's good reason for that. A quick examination of the synonyms for "disproportionate" reveals, for entry #2 (the first is split between neutral and negative connotations):

      Main Entry:     inappropriate
      Part of Speech:     adjective
      Definition:     not proper, suitable
      Synonyms:     bad form, disproportionate , foot-in-mouth, garbage*, ill-fitted, ill-suited, ill-timed, improper, inapplicable, inapropos, incongruous, inconsonant, incorrect, indecorous, inept, irrelevant, left-field, malapropos, off*, out of line, out of place, tasteless, unbecoming, unbefitting, undue, unfit, unfitting, unmeet, unseasonable, unseemly, unsuitable, untimely, way off, wrong, wrong-number
      Antonyms:     appropriate, fitting, ok, proper, suitable
      As you can see, these words largely have a negative connotation to them.

      As a synonym,  a more neutral "unequal" is a bit lower down at entry #6, below a spate of neutral-negative uses.

      Sorry to play English teacher. I'm not chastising your read, just explaining why that would (understandably) read differently to some. Who knows? Maybe I've read it all wrong and in the wrong light. I believe the intention of the diary was quite good, FWIW.  

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