Given the title, you might think that I was planning to back up that statement. However, I take it as a given and obvious to even the most casual observer. I am writing, rather, to announce that I’ve learned a new word: “meretricious.”
The word came to me in a quote from columnist Caitlin Flanagan (with The Atlantic) who says that parents “have a moral responsibility to shield their children from the many aspects of our common culture that are over-sexualized and generally meretricious.”
Right on! And what does meretricious mean? “1. alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry. 2. based on pretense, deception, or insincerity. 3. pertaining to or characteristic of a prostitute.” Well, I think our society is 3 for 3, there!
Perhaps you will think me unlearned to not have known what meretricious was before today. Oh, well. I can do trigonometric substitutions for integration in calculus? Does that count for anything? (And I know the scientific names of beings animalculous …)