Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Who am I ?
“There is one particularly significant way in which grammar can amplify ageism within conversation. When being introduced to a stranger and being asked who you are and what you do, with age you tend to answer with accounts of what you were and what you used to do. What you are is a ‘former this’, a ‘retired’ that or and ‘ex-‘ the other. Even when you answer positively with a statement of what you are currently spending your time doing, the question remains hanging in the air. The sensitive stranger is perhaps reluctant to ask what you used to do and so the significant past remains unrevealed."
 Quoted from a book by Bill Bytheway a retired Psychology Professor from England, who is still actively engaged in the battle against ageism.