Aging truly is anathema to me. I hate the way my body is falling apart, the way my faculties are fading, and the fact that a large part of society in America has little to no appreciation for senior citizens and their knowledge. For example: My brother-in-law is three years older than me, my sister three younger. Both of them, especially Mike, can work circles around the younger people at the store where they work. Yet their boss – TM, himself in his mid-50s, has been overheard stating that he wanted to “get rid of the old people.” He has done everything he can to try to make them leave, including cutting their hours and Mike’s salary (from salaried to hourly and he lost more than $6/hour). TM knows he doesn’t have any legal standing to fire either or both of them.
Okay, rant over. This is a stream of consciousness post and that’s what hit my mind first.
While I know how to use the word properly, I decided for the heck of it to see what the dictionary said about it. (Any time I Google something I can get lost in the stream of information if I’m not careful because of my curiosity.) The simple definition of anathema is— such as garlic is anathema to vampires. Additional definitions are:
I discovered that anathema is also the name of a British rock band. After listening to some of their “music” on YouTube, that is something else that is anathema to me. Give me that old-fashioned rock and roll.