The word “operator,” as applied to a guy with a gun.
This guy, fer example…
I’m watching this seriously-meant instructional video, and at 1:30 Mr. Oakleys and Thigh Holster (whom I don’t doubt for a heartbeat could absolutely kick my ass with a handgun and a shot timer,) gets called a “skilled operator.”
And I stop listening.
Because I’m completely burned out on the misuse of that word.
‘Operator,’ in context, means something specific. It is not synonymous with ‘Range queen who could absolutely kick Joel’s ass with a pistol and a shot timer.’ I hear somebody call himself (or consent to have himself called) an ‘operator,’ I want to know when he graduated SEAL school and what were his deployments.
Yes, I know I’m being a dick about this. I’m a writer. Writers are dicks. We also love words, and prefer that they continue to mean things.
H/T to Kevin.