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Cross about over use of the word heroic

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nannym Tue 13-Sep-11 11:04:25

Does anyone else agree that the media seem to be going overboard with their use of the term 'Heroic'? Each day in the newspapers there seem to be remarks about "Sporting Heroes" and I find it really hard to equate the meaning of the word hero to the actions of someone who is either kicking, hitting or catching a ball. A dictionary meaning of hero is "One who performs a valiant act" - can't really relate that to a footballer!

JessM Tue 20-Sep-11 08:09:04

nice post littlemo

Jacey Tue 20-Sep-11 17:33:32

So agree with heroic being ... "those who bravely risk their own lives to aid others" ...well said littlemo.
Have nothing but praise for those who raise money for charities ...but they are not risking themselves, however challenging their chosen activity is well-planned ahead of time ...not an immediate response to a given situation.

littlemo Tue 20-Sep-11 20:03:44

Thanks for your kind words JessM. You too Jacey, you have stated so much more clearly what I was trying to say.

jingl Mon 21-Nov-11 19:33:06

Matt (The One Show) is another Hero, isn't he? smile

jingl Mon 21-Nov-11 19:33:17

Yes he is!!!

nanachrissy Mon 21-Nov-11 19:35:45

Yes! Bless him, he did so well.

FlicketyB Mon 21-Nov-11 19:50:01

Heroism isnt just risking your life. There are moral heroes as well, People who risk ostracism and imprisonment for their principles. For example, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi.

apricot Mon 21-Nov-11 21:03:51

I haven't read all 5 pages so maybe someone else has quoted Napoleon who said not every soldier is a hero. Doing a dangerous job out of free choice (whether soldier or builder) does not make anyone a hero.

gracesmum Mon 21-Nov-11 22:35:17

I have read through this thread for the first time and was very surprised by the heat generated and the negative comments- I hope this is all in the past now and in a way I apologise if I have resurrected it by posting.
Do we have a facility for deleting a thread when it outlived its purpose? If I had either been at the receiving end or indeed the pointy end of some of the things said, I would want them consigned to GN Room 101.

jingl Mon 21-Nov-11 22:39:21

Gracesmum - I know! I felt so sorry for that poor old jangly woman!

Whoever she was. hmm

jingl Mon 21-Nov-11 22:40:07

Nothing on GN gets consigned to any Room 101.

gracesmum Mon 21-Nov-11 22:47:23

hmm wink

jingl Mon 21-Nov-11 23:03:12

Back to Matt! He raised over a million for Children in Need. smile

And looked really hunky on tonight's show. [letch emoticon]

wotsamashedupjingl Thu 15-Mar-12 10:29:49

look The BBC has a go at this now. smile

glassortwo Thu 15-Mar-12 10:47:38

Think they have been following our threads too jingle

wotsamashedupjingl Thu 15-Mar-12 11:08:02

I think so Glass! smile