Still More PC Fascism
Posted by Keen Observer on August 23, 2009
How many ways to excoriate the stupidity inherent in the original subject matter, to which Jammie-Wearing Fool points (thanks to HotAir for the link information)? Far too many. I’ll point out two:
The term “right-hand man” is also considered taboo by the gallery, with “second in command” being deemed more suitable.
Not necessarily stupid, I suppose, but a right-hand man is not necessarily (or even usually) the 2IC. For the world in which I live, a right-hand man, or a man Friday, is taken to mean one’s closest assistant for getting stuff done. YMMV, though, and the implicitness of the command structure may be present.
The commission even urges employees to be mindful of the term “ethnic minority” because it can imply “something smaller and less important”.
Umm, isn’t that what “minority” means? Smaller? Not the majority? It’s a descriptor that intrinsically discriminates, when coupled with “ethnic”, too, by those lights. I mean, how else is one supposed to say that there is less of this ethnicity than of the numerically-dominant one for a given geographical or political area?
Another one I like:
The National Gallery in London believes that the phrase “gentleman’s agreement” is potentially offensive to women….
Okay, sure. But could you maybe cite some proof? I believe the people wasting time on this are morons. Let me know when you open the box and Schrödinger’s Cat is offended. Otherwise, piss off. That these people “believe” in the “potential” offense offends me to a deep, deep level. Where’s my redress?
I’m going to call all this revisionist language correction for what it is: complete and utter bullshit. A small, loud, reactionary group (it seems to me) is attempting to distort language for some undisclosed purpose, and this is another cobble in the road being built to language and thought control. These terms are slang. They will follow one of two paths, as the language evolves (languages do that, you know; they’re not created out of whole cloth): they will either disappear from usage on their own (something that tends to take centuries to accomplish), or the meaning will evolve to something different and most likely harmless (also a long process).
English (and other languages) has evolved quite nicely on its own since the 600s or so, without any PC language police out there making sure no one’s ego or feelings were hurt by the nasty wordses. If they just STFU and let the language do what it will do on its own, the problem will ultimately take care of itself. As opposed to making people feel bad by exposing them to such hurtful phrases in the public media.
This PC language crap has been going on for over twenty years. It’s long past time for this sort of thing to disappear. It was stupid when I was in high school, and it’s stupider today. Let’s call a spade a spade: I’m sure if we all pull together, we can come to a gentleman’s agreement to master a method lift black marks from certain social groupings…like the ones that live and breathe true sexist and racist behaviour. And they’re not the ones against whom this new British government policy is directed.
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