The Whippet #45: Wolves are a terrible metap…

Good morning simulacra! One of my pet bonnet-bees is use of the word 'real' to mean 'legal'. As in: 'What's your real name?' What's more real, the name used by my friends and loves ones, or the name registered on a government database? When you use 'real' to mean the latter, you're ceding a lot of ground to the government on who gets to define what matters. I know most people use the word 'real' out of habit than a genuine belief that culture and community are less real than bureaucracy, but we make lots of mistakes out of habit so that's no defence of continuing it.

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