What is a Rant?

If you give me a soapbox I will run with it faster than you can say R-A-N-T. So what is a rant anyway? Here are what the various online dictionaries have to say on the matter…

Merriam-Webster’s -to talk loudly and in a way that shows anger : to complain in a way that is unreasonable

Cambridge Dictionary -to speak or shout in a loud, uncontrolled, or angry way, often saying confused or silly things.

Oxford Dictionary -to speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way:

Urban Dictionary -to speak aggressively about something; to take your own tangent about a subject and talk for a long time in a passionate manner.

Dictionary.com -to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way; rave:

Vocabulary.com -a rant is an argument that is fueled by passion, not shaped by facts. When the shouting starts on talk radio, or when a blog “commenter” resorts to ALL CAPS, you’re almost certainly encountering a rant.

WORD ORIGIN AND HISTORY FOR RANT (Vocabulary.com & Dictionary.com)
First usage: 1590-1600; Rant comes from the Dutch ranten, “to talk nonsense/ to talk foolishly.” Rave is a close synonym — in fact, “to rant and rave” is a popular expression. When rant is used as a noun, it means something like tirade. The first recorded usage of rant is from the end of the sixteenth century, in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. By the middle of the turbulent seventeenth century, the name Ranters was used as a catchall pejorative for various groups of radical Christian dissenters. (Applied 1823 to early Methodists.) As a verb; “boisterous, empty declamation; fierce or high-sounding language without much meaning or dignity of thought; bombast; a ranting speech,” 1640’s, from rant (v.).

WOW! Oops. ALL-CAPS. (I’m really gonna have to watch that one.) That is signature Red. Red is all about the dramatic flourish of the pen in order to make her reader’s hear and feel exactly what she means. Uh-oh, I’ve gone into the “third-person” while speaking to you. That is never a good thing. Already I’ve broken several key drama rules, writer’s rules, and online etiquette rules, to say nothing of basic grammar rules.

And did you read those definitions? Eek! I’ve always been proud of my ranting. I’ve never thought of my words as foolishness or empty declarations or… Wait, have I ever listened to myself? This is a tough question. I have had my own words put right back at me before and it has seldom felt very nice. I have been accused of being unreasonable. While at the same time I had been “ranting” about how unreasonable others had been. Well, this has often left me with a quandary. How do I channel these seemingly righteous passions into what God would truly see as righteous? I’ve decided to use this blog as my instrument for this great task. Together you and I will go on a great journey. Sorting out what is profitable to God from the fiery passions of the human heart.

So basically, what you see is what you get. A common red-headed housewife with an impassioned voice on life and God- (and who also has many vices), who is just trying to get a message out to the people who would listen. (And hopefully, I will learn something along the way as well.)


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