Yes, yes, I know that words come to us along strange paths.
Usually I glory in it.
But when some of my dearest friends get insulted along the way I can't help but feel a bit miffed.
I mean, who could be a more truly admirable herp (whoops, that's a typo for hero, but having been accidentally witty, and in Ancient Greek too*, I can't bear to delete it) than Kermit?
Who epitomises true glamour and feminist principles better than the lovely Miss Piggy?
Who is more truly cultured and incisive than Satler and Waldorf (don't answer that!)
...well, he's brave, anyway.
...oh, but then...
...what has muppet come to mean?
An ineffectual idiot.
Quite frankly, it makes my blood boil.
Word To Use Respectfully Today: muppet. This word comes to us from those great disseminators of culture, science, and Swedish cookery, Jim Henson's brave band of friends, The Muppets.
God bless them.
* Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians, from the Greek herpeton, which means creeping animal.