By Estefania Torres |Asst. A&E Editor|
In today’s society, the term “weird” has changed its meaning multiple times and has left us with the conclusion that what is weird might just be normal.
It has become a constant trend to be unique and weird—so much that it is hard to distinguish what it actually means.
According to Urban Dictionary, weird is usually a negative term, “it is the act of being different than another person would.”
To the current generation, the term “weird” seems to have so many definitions that it has lost its meaning and its existence.
With the internet becoming our main source for information and influence, the constant acceptance of anything different has opened the doors for the term to be used loosely.
Social media promotes constant feed that supports the act of being weird and the acceptance of being unique.
Memes/pictures are often passed around with statements like “weird is a side effect of being awesome” or “weird is good.”
This content has convinced people that being different is a good thing.
In recent years, the term has been taken more as a compliment than as an insult, like it has been in the past.
It does not mean that people no longer think that nothing in the world is odd; there are still many things that are not seen as completely normal, but they are more easily accepted by society.
“I think that being weird is being different and anything that is different is more appreciated nowadays. People have learned to accept others for the way they are even if they are categorized as weird,” said student Art Caballero.
The term has come a long way in the recent years. When I was in elementary school, the word weird was an insult; it was a term implying that their is no acceptance for the “weird” individual.
Today, most people are grateful for being called that.
What many people from the past generations would consider completely out of the norm, our generation thinks is normal.
“If I look at someone who is dressed differently, I might think that person is kind of weird but it is acceptable. I do not mind it or look at it in a negative way. Sometimes weird is attractive,” said student Heric Melgoza.
In my opinion, “weird” is looked at as more of a positive word, and I think it is great that we can be categorized as being strange without questioning it. Although there is still a negative connotation behind the word, it usually means non-standard.
Non-standard behavior is acceptable in comparison to the old days when non-standard behavior was not accepted. We have come a long way in accepting what is weird and considering it as a compliment rather than an insult.
Being weird no longer exists because complete normality itself is weird.