Words from Dic(tionary)
Already: (adv.) before or by now or the time in question: e.g. Anna has suffered a great deal already
It’s a bratty word.
Oh, I’m sure you could convince me that the term can be uttered without exuding exasperation. But every time I hear the word “already,” somebody is complaining about being surprised, caught off guard or ill-prepared to make a transition.
Just think about the things that have been suggested in our country, with the response from the populace being, “Already?”
- Black people should be treated like human beings. Already?
- Women should be given the right to vote. Already?
- Students should have a council in school to voice their opinions. Already?
- Baseball should be integrated. Already?
- Women should make the same amount of money as men in the marketplace. Already?
- Gay people should have rights. Already
- We should put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Already?
Remember this–bad people are bigots; good people are procrastinators. The only difference is a timetable. Bad people will continue to blow things up even when society has adopted the concept. Good people are reluctant to accept reform, drag their feet, and then later insist “they were behind it the whole time.”
Here’s what I’ve learned: by the time an idea is able to be aired, it probably should be considered. Whether I am comfortable with it or not will not change its importance.
“Already” is a way to slow things down so we can feel that we control everything around us,instead of accepting our role as participants in growing toward more understanding … even though we don’t always understand.