Ok, this shouldn’t take too long. Pay attention. There will be a quiz at the end.
I see a fairly common statement made by D-types out on the internets, and I feel compelled to say something. If you have made this mistake, please take note of what I am about to tell you and correct yourself in the future. It is important. And this has to be stopped before someone gets hurt. Probably you if you do this.
I see people saying the following all across the internets:
I am a dominate with years of experience.
Your You’re not. If you had years of experience, you would know that what you are is a Dominant. Not dominate. Dominate is what you do, Dominant is what you are.
Lets check the dictionary.
One entry found.
Main Entry: dom·i·nate
Inflected Form(s): dom·i·nat·ed; dom·i·nat·ing
Etymology: Latin dominatus, past participle of dominari, from dominus master; akin to Latin domus house — more at dome
transitive verb 1 : rule, control
2 : to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence on
3 : to overlook from a superior elevation or command because of superior height or position
4 a : to be predominant in b : to have a commanding or preeminent place or position in intransitive verb 1 : to have or exert mastery, control, or preeminence
2 : to occupy a more elevated or superior position
2 entries found.
1. 1dominant (adjective)
2. 2dominant (noun)
Main Entry: 1 dom·i·nant
Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin dominant-, dominans, present participle of dominari
Date: circa 1532
1 a : commanding, controlling, or prevailing over all others
b : very important, powerful, or successful
2 : overlooking and commanding from a superior position
3 : of, relating to, or exerting ecological or genetic dominance
1 : the fifth tone of a major or minor scale
2 a : a dominant genetic character or factor b : any of one or more kinds of organism (as a species) in an ecological community that exerts a controlling influence on the environment and thereby largely determines what other kinds of organisms are present c : a dominant individual in a social hierarchy
Ok. What did we learn? Dominate is a verb. That means it is an action, maybe a mode of being. I run, I dominate. I am not a run. I am a runner. Dominate is the noun. Please get it right.
That’s because, you see, we are getting together, the other dominants and I, and we are secretly laughing at you. Ok, so sometimes it isn’t so secret. And the subs and slaves are with us (except for a few newbies we missed). And they are laughing too. You should see the SAMS. It isn’t pretty.
Now for the Quiz.
- What are you?
Peace and Tranquility.
Yeah I know internets is wrong. I like it.
Definitions are courtesy Merriam-Webster my preferred dictionary. No compensation was received for this use.