Thought Vomit #23: ft. So Judgemental

How often are you accused of being judgemental? I hear it quite often, so perhaps that says more about me than anything else.

That said, I’ll happily admit that I’m a judgemental person, and I’ve never understood why the word has come to be a pejorative one. To be judgemental is to use your judgement. Suitable synonyms would be wisdom or discernment, and these words have no negative connotations.

If I’m passing judgment and I’m not wearing a horsehair wig (or even if I am for that matter), then I’ve weighed up the pros and cons, and on balance, I’ve come down on one side or the other.

Thus, when I call someone a twat, I tend to mean it.

Except when I don’t.

Using one’s judgement is a good thing. It’s a fundamental foundation of rational reasoning, and poor alliteration aside, it shouldn’t be stigmatised as anything but.

So, this concludes what has turned into a mini trilogy; from I Don’t Know, through changing your mind, to using your judgment. The pedants among you may have noticed my interchangeable spelling of the J word, but that’s because I don’t know which one is correct, nor does Word seemingly. I thought it definitely had an E in it, but then I changed my mind. And now I think that it looks better like this: Judgemental.

4 thoughts on “Thought Vomit #23: ft. So Judgemental

  • May 12, 2009 at 10:15 am


    How childish I’ve become. I’ve enjoyed these blogs, wish you’d title them better though — I can never work out if I’ve read them already or not!

  • May 12, 2009 at 11:04 am


  • May 12, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I always thought the problem was people being judgemental without weighing the pros and cons? Or maybe that was judgemental of me? Seems like you can’t win either way.

  • May 12, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    If you’re not weighing up the pros and cons, then you are by defintion, not being judgemental.

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