Dumbass Sayings: “Burn Victim”

Sometimes people at work say “The boss’ son is coming in today, just be careful not to look at him funny, he’s a burn victim.” What kind of horsecrap term is that? These people aren’t “victims” they’re survivors. You wouldn’t call someone who was attacked by a great white shark and lived a “Shark victim.” When you live through a dangerous situation like that you’re supposed to be called a survivor. If it wasn’t big enough of a fire for someone to be considered a “survivor” then odds are they weren’t burned that badly and you don’t even need to bother with the title. Why do these people need to be labeled at all? We know what happened to them. It’s obvious by looking at them. That doesn’t necessitate a special title. It’s like calling someone a “Pimpleface” or a “Weird nose.” You’re just stating the obvious and assigning an identity to these people before you even know anything about them. It would be unacceptable in “Pimpleface” and “Weird nose’s” case so why is it okay when it’s “burn victim”?

I'm not a victim, I'm a survivor damnit!

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