Been absent for a while, which is probably not a big deal to most people, but to those of you who do read regularly… the inspiration for this post is the fact that I was attacked by a group of teenagers on the way home from the station late on Thursday night.
Fortunately, a cabbie was driving past as the assault happened and he scared the little buggers away and I got away with all my accoutrements and merely a minor trout pout for their troubles.
Afterwards, though, when I was thinking about how to describe the incident, I started thinking about exactly what words to use.
Was I mugged? Assaulted? Attacked? Assailed? All of the above?
And were the offenders a group of kids? A gang of kids? Five kids? Some kids?
I know this is all semantics, but the words you use to describe such an event inevitably shape the way people process what happened.
To be honest, I don’t really know the answer myself, suffice to say, some irritating little shits decided I was an easy target.