I have seen this word used so often for the past week. I honestly can’t say I have ever seen it before, or maybe I just never noticed it. I had an idea as to what the word actually meant, basing it off of the context people have been using it in. And, I was somewhat correct.

di·vi·sive/dəˈvīsiv/adjective: divisive

  1. tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people.

The majority of posts I have seen this word used on were political. Most people are using it to define the President. Others have used it on BLM posts, and some have been on posts about the killings going on in the world.. most recently Jacob Blake and Kyle Rittenhouse.

There was this one.. in response to one of Trump’s speeches about Biden..

“Does he understand that Biden has not been running the country for the last 3 1/2 years…all these things happened on HIS watch….because he’s nothing but divisive. Because he ignores systemic racism and other deep rooted issues in this country. He governs one sect, his constituents. He’s trying to project his failures onto a man that hasn’t held the reigns. #governbyfearandhate”

And then this one.. Neil Young is supposedly suing Trump for using his songs at campaign events.. (I don’t even know who Neil Young is 🤷)

“The rock legend says he doesn’t want his music used as a theme song for a “divisive un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.””

Then there is this.. I don’t even really know what to say about this one. This definitely feels like they’re looking to be divisive.

“How many of my white friends have used the n word around your black friends? *Disclaimer” This is not a divisive question.”

That post really made me 😬. That’s not a subject that can just be thrown around. That word means so many different things to so many different people. I was reading the comments, and 90% of people answered “no”, “never”, or “no, not with the er”. Most of the comments were from white people, like the post requested, but a few black people chimed in and also said that they don’t use that word. I was actually relieved when I was reading the comments, because the OP didn’t get what he was seemingly asking for.

However, on a lighter note.. I just searched the word “divisive” in the search bar on Facebook… not all posts using the word were negative..

Apparently sneakerheads were torn on what to think of the Ben & Jerry’s themed Nike SB Dunks.. lol..

“The “Chunky Dunky” sneakers, though a hit, were divisive in the sneaker community, especially among long-standing fans of the classic Nike silhouette.”

A local church posted this one..

“Sermon preview: “You have a responsibility as a church member. You are to be a source of unity. You are never to be a divisive force.” – Thom Rainer.”

This post was about how to determine the signs that you’re about to eat at a bad restaurant:

“Finding a new restaurant can be difficult, especially with divisive online reviews and endless recommendations.”

Have you heard? Trader Joe’s is now selling candy corn-flavored popcorn..

“Candy corn is divisive enough on its own. 🍿”

So maybe this word has been around for a while. Just checked. Apparently, the word was at it’s highest usage in 2001 and has been declining since. I’m not sure why it has all of a sudden stuck out to me. Perhaps, I thought it was a typo at first, and assumed someone was meaning to say “decisive”.. Who knows. But, I’m glad I took the time to look it up and research it a bit. It’s always fun learning new things. It’s actually one of my favorite pastimes.

What word or words have you looked up recently? Did the definitions surprise you?

What do you think about the word divisive? Is it fair that people are using it to describe the President?

Would you try Trader Joe’s new candy corn-flavored popcorn?

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