Bossy: (adj) fond of giving people orders; domineering.
When I was growing up, it was assumed that some people would be bossy. They were given the authority to do so; it was expected of them.
It never occurred to us that our teachers would try to find a nice way of instructing us. No one would have dared go to the principal’s office and complain about a teacher having a nasty disposition.
So it seems that a luxury has slipped into the emotional bank account of the average American: “Since I don’t want to do anything other than what I’ve conjured in my own brain, I will consider anyone who tries to tell me what to do bossy and mean–even if they have the right.”
So basically, progress has slowed, as we run every suggestion through a filter of, “How did this make me feel?”
Sometimes orders and commands are so important that they can’t be homogenized.
In other words, some people aren’t bossy–they’re just in charge. I may not like their tone, but I need to submit to their wisdom.
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