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subroc
03-31-2009, 08:23 AM
Political Correctness – the loss of words and phrases

Obviously, in recent years political correctness (PC) has affected our language. We are prevented from using many words or phrases in the name of political correctness.

Here are a couple of recent ones that I find a bit foolish but are reported to be what the current administration is moving toward using, but I expect some find them needed.

Terrorism: "man-caused" disasters
War on Terror: "overseas contingency operations,"

What political correct phrases do you find objectionable? Or, what phrases that are currently in use do you think need to be replaced with a PC version?

One that I find, historically, to be a bit foolish is the renaming of the War Department to the Defense Department.

This post is for both left and right.

What do you find foolish? What do you find needed?

DSO
03-31-2009, 08:51 AM
When did "welfare" turn to "public assistance" and why? Rhetorical question... I already know why.

Danny

Uncle Bill
03-31-2009, 11:17 AM
As I alluded to in another post concerning how far the PC nazis have taken their 'game', it's now at a stage that formerly sane people are beginning to climb on that bus.

As you may recall, Joe, there were books about PC changes in the vernacular that were written as a joke; like the author certainly didn't expect that "language correction" to be anything BUT a joke. Like I said, it appears the jokes on us.

The PC 'changes' are far more than calling a bald guy "follically challenged", or a short person "vertically challenged". As you mentioned, the PC terminology for Terrorism, or War on Terror, has changed the meaning by design. It's become another instance of the tail-wagging-the-dog syndrome.

It's just another illustration of what the left is capable of doing via their many products coming from the institutes of higher learning in this country.

Remember when we used to take pride in being a conservationist? When it meant we were concerned about our environment, and wanted to invest time and money to make sure it was properly administered. Now, I find the term "environmentalist" as inviting as calling me a Nazi.

Same is true when it comes to the welfare of our animals. But the AR groups have so totally distorted that view, it is as if some communistic tyrants are now in charge of that aspect of our society.

It all began so innocently...like the PC craze...so ludicrous it had to be a joke...but then...

Make no mistake, it's all part of the same movement...the same "religion", if you will. And while 'some' of the preppys and their profs may have started it as just a light-hearted bit of tomfoolery, the committed leftists saw it as another area they could exploit, and progressively make it into a meaningful movement for their cause...which should be pretty evident by now for even the most hard-to-convince citizen...the socialistic conversion of the nation.

Cynical???...damned right. If anyone on this BB thinks I'm wrong, when will you finally have your eyes opened? When the government has taken over the entire broadcast industry? (which I'm sure many of you are salivating over).

Will it be when your freedom to reload the rounds for your deer rifle are no longer allowed? Or will it take the loss of your favorite automatic you use for hunting to be outlawed? The forces to do all that are right now being drafted by those that want this nation to die; its' constitution to be irrelevant; its' freedoms to be revoked so only the aristocracy of the left and their government will be in charge. A nanny state to care for all, except the group that considers themselves the Atlas...the providers...the members of society that take individual responsibility for their lives, and expect their God-given freedoms to not be encroached upon.

Many on this BB don't view what's happening to this nation with anything but glee. They ARE the PC students of the left, and have been blinded to the point where they can't see their freedoms being legislated away. They will happily give their guns over for the meltdown. They will search for anyone that doesn't comply with their socialistic government's requests for compliance, and gladly turn them in. It will be such a 'feelgood' performance.

Just remember to come prepared, because we lifetimers of the NRA will be steadfast, abiding by our former presidents proclamation..."out of our cold dead hands!"

UB

luvalab
03-31-2009, 10:05 PM
All other issues aside...

I heard a pretty interesting and convincing argument that the phrase "war on terror" may help serve to elevate terrorism in the eyes of terrorists to something worthy and extraordinary, and a cohesive movement. The person making the argument suggested calling them criminals and murderers rather than terrorists, and rather than fighting a war on terror say that we were fighting criminals and murderers. His logic was that we should do as Great Britain had--The British government abandoned calling the IRA terrorists and instead referred to them by their crimes. The person making the argument suggested that with regular use it took them down a whole bunch of notches psychologically and avoided giving them the benefit of "movement" status with every news report and instead suggested they were rogues.

Wish I could remember more particulars of when and where I heard this--could have been anywhere--but the logic stuck with me.

Patrick Johndrow
03-31-2009, 10:08 PM
You can't polish a turd.

Terry Britton
03-31-2009, 10:31 PM
Many on this BB don't view what's happening to this nation with anything but glee. They ARE the PC students of the left, and have been blinded to the point where they can't see their freedoms being legislated away. They will happily give their guns over for the meltdown. They will search for anyone that doesn't comply with their socialistic government's requests for compliance, and gladly turn them in. It will be such a 'feelgood' performance.

Just remember to come prepared, because we lifetimers of the NRA will be steadfast, abiding by our former presidents proclamation..."out of our cold dead hands!"

UB

I have been away overloaded with school. This BB has changed a lot if many are viewing what's happening to this nation with glee. I don't have that problem with the people in my MBA classes, or even instructors. One of my classes is taught by two professors that talks about duck hunting or dog training in every other lecture.

luvalab
03-31-2009, 11:35 PM
You can't polish a turd.

I'm not sure you were responding to me--if not, I'll apologize in advance for the misunderstanding--but I hope you don't think that's what I was suggesting.

I was suggesting that there is a rhetorical logic to calling those who kill innocent people murderers.

(If anything, it's calling a turd a turd, not polishing it.)

Martin
03-31-2009, 11:50 PM
PC What a joke. Yep..call a turd a turd whether it is fresh or been ther for a while.

I am an American. My family tree comes form Germany, France..... yuck, and Dutch.
I say it again, I am an American. Not a German American, not a French American, nor a Dutch American. I have many clients that are from foregin countrys who have gone through the ness. channels to acheive ther citizenship. They call themselves Americans! not Iranian Americans, Russian Americans,or Itialian Americans!
So why African Americans. Why can't they be Americans.

New minority...naaaa..national assosiation for the advancement of anglo americans....

Uncle Bill...Great post!

Patrick Johndrow
04-01-2009, 07:03 AM
I'm not sure you were responding to me--if not, I'll apologize in advance for the misunderstanding--but I hope you don't think that's what I was suggesting.




I was responding to PC in general...the best definitions I have ever read was


"Political correctness it the belief that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

Say what mean and mean what you say regards

Matt McKenzie
04-01-2009, 07:34 AM
One of the most damaging PC terms has been referring to the poor as the "less fortunate". That term is insidious in that it has permeated the public psyche and lends us to believe that if you are financially comfortable, then you must be lucky and if you are poor, you must simply be unlucky.
While there are many situations where chance plays a role in your success, for the most part your station in life can be directly attributed to the effort you put into your education and your occupation.
For those who chose not to get an education, who chose not to work hard for long hours, who chose criminal behavior or alcoholism or teen pregnancy, it is very difficult to take responsibility. It's much easier to consider yourself "less fortunate" than lazy or irresponsible. The problem is that this mentality is what leads to many of our social problems and we have a whole group of well-meaning folks who are quick to make excuses for the "less fortunate" and demonize the evil "rich" and so you get what we have here today in this country.

luvalab
04-01-2009, 07:44 AM
Say what mean and mean what you say regards

Agreed.

(Apparently the computer thinks that "agreed" is too short... so much for rhetorical punch... oh well.)

Tatyana
04-01-2009, 12:25 PM
One of the most damaging PC terms has been referring to the poor as the "less fortunate". That term is insidious in that it has permeated the public psyche and lends us to believe that if you are financially comfortable, then you must be lucky and if you are poor, you must simply be unlucky.
While there are many situations where chance plays a role in your success, for the most part your station in life can be directly attributed to the effort you put into your education and your occupation.
For those who chose not to get an education, who chose not to work hard for long hours, who chose criminal behavior or alcoholism or teen pregnancy, it is very difficult to take responsibility. It's much easier to consider yourself "less fortunate" than lazy or irresponsible. The problem is that this mentality is what leads to many of our social problems and we have a whole group of well-meaning folks who are quick to make excuses for the "less fortunate" and demonize the evil "rich" and so you get what we have here today in this country.

Ditto that.

badbullgator
04-01-2009, 12:59 PM
They changed the name of Jewfish to Goliath Grouper a few years back. I still don’t know anyone who calls them GG, they always have been and always will be jewfish.

There is a street in my town named Coon Road. About 4-5 years ago someone decided that was offensive to the black folks. They got the NAACP and a host of others involved. All the rhetoric was about how this name came from days of segregation and in the name of political correctness it should be changed.











The only thing they did not bother to check out was that one of the old time families (and I mean back to the founding of our town) who still lives on the road was named……yep you guessed it ….the Coons.:D

Hew
04-01-2009, 01:16 PM
One of the most absurd examples is the DC City official who got in hot water a few years ago for using the word "niggardly" in front of a bunch of DC's less fortunates. Had he said, "cheap ass mo'fo" instead he would have received a bunch of knowing nods from the crowd instead of the near-instant cries for his head on a platter.

road kill
04-01-2009, 03:02 PM
I live in Milwaukee.

Marquette University!!

The Marquette WARRIORS are now ths Marquette golden eagles!!:oops:

Patrick Johndrow
04-01-2009, 05:28 PM
One of the most damaging PC terms has been referring to the poor as the "less fortunate". That term is insidious in that it has permeated the public psyche and lends us to believe that if you are financially comfortable, then you must be lucky and if you are poor, you must simply be unlucky.
While there are many situations where chance plays a role in your success, for the most part your station in life can be directly attributed to the effort you put into your education and your occupation.
For those who chose not to get an education, who chose not to work hard for long hours, who chose criminal behavior or alcoholism or teen pregnancy, it is very difficult to take responsibility. It's much easier to consider yourself "less fortunate" than lazy or irresponsible. The problem is that this mentality is what leads to many of our social problems and we have a whole group of well-meaning folks who are quick to make excuses for the "less fortunate" and demonize the evil "rich" and so you get what we have here today in this country.



My dad has two saying…I am sure they aren’t original but he still uses them

1) The harder I work the luckier I get
2) Someone has to haul the garbage….remember him saying to me and my brother when we weren’t putting out effort.

Terry Britton
04-01-2009, 06:04 PM
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison

sinner
04-02-2009, 10:16 AM
his makes as much sense to me as most of the above blah, blah, blah.
BuddyHackett-duck.wmv

Hew
04-02-2009, 12:07 PM
You should have opted for a fourth cut-n-paste of the make believe Citibank story. At least it was, a) in English, b) made sense and c) was amusing.

blind ambition
04-03-2009, 11:12 PM
Though I detest the neutering of God fearing Anglo Saxom holidays, words and phrases, and the general de-masculination of the language, the PC term which I find most repugnant is "collateral damage". Why the blazes can't the military thought police just say "we killed innocent civilians; women and children and non combatant males of fighting age were accidently killed and maimed"?

War is hell the truth about it needs to be looked squarely in the face, please don't dress it up in a frock and expect me to put it on...and that reminds me, "friendly fire" is not friendly, when you screw up and kill your own, do right by the dead, their families and the survivors and just say you made a tragic mistake and you took the lives of your own or your allies' brave fighting men and women.

Michael Rigby

Patrick Johndrow
04-04-2009, 01:31 PM
You should have opted for a fourth cut-n-paste of the make believe Citibank story. At least it was, a) in English, b) made sense and c) was amusing.

I just figure this dude is a troll

Uncle Bill
04-05-2009, 05:17 PM
Thought I had some in the archives...but as is so frequently the case, I forgot the admonition given me eons ago, when reading "PCs for Dummies"... namely: When putting something into memory, remember where you put it.

So this is what I stumbled on today. Enjoy, UB

HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT WOMEN AND BE POLITICALLY CORRECT

1. She is not a 'BABE' or a 'CHICK' - She is a...
'BREASTED AMERICAN.'
2. She is not a 'SCREAMER' or a 'MOANER' - She is...
'VOCALLY APPRECIATIVE.'

3. She is not 'EASY' - She is...
'HORIZONTALLY ACCESSIBLE.'

4. She is not a 'DUMB BLONDE' - She is a...
'LIGHT-HAIRED DETOUR OFF THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY.'

5. She has not 'BEEN AROUND' - She is a...
'PREVIOUSLY-ENJOYED COMPANION.'

6. She is not an 'AIRHEAD' - She is...
'REALITY IMPAIRED...'

7. She does not get 'DRUNK' or 'TIPSY' - She gets.
'CHEMICALLY INCONVENIENCED'

8. She does not have 'BREAST IMPLANTS' - She is...
'MEDICALLY ENHANCED.'

9. She does not 'NAG' you - She becomes...
'VERBALLY REPETITIVE.'

10. She is not a 'TRAMP' - She is...
'SEXUALLY EXTROVERTED.'


11. She does not have 'MAJOR LEAGUE HOOTERS' - She is...
'PECTORALLY SUPERIOR.'


12 She is not a 'TWO-BIT HOOKER' - She is a...
'LOW COST PROVIDER.'

HOW TO SPEAK ABOUT MEN AND
BE POLITICALLY CORRECT:


1. He does not have a 'BEER GUT' - He has developed a....
'LIQUID GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY.'


2. He is not a 'BAD DANCER' - He is...
'OVERLY CAUCASIAN.'


3. He does not 'GET LOST ALL THE TIME' - He...
'INVESTIGATES ALTERNATIVE DESTINATIONS.'


4. He is not 'BALDING' - He is in...
'FOLLICLE REGRESSION.'


5. He is not a 'CRADLE ROBBER' - He prefers...
'GENERATIONAL DIFFERENTIAL RELATIONSHIPS.'


6. He does not get 'FALLING-DOWN DRUNK' - He becomes...
'ACCIDENTALLY HORIZONTAL..'


7. He does not act like a 'TOTAL ASS' - He develops a case of...
'RECTAL-CRANIAL INVERSION.'


8 He is not a 'MALE CHAUVINIST PIG' - He has...
'SWINE EMPATHY.'


9. He is not afraid of 'COMMITMENT' - He is...
'RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGED.'


10. He is not 'HORNY' - He is
'SEXUALLY FOCUSED.'


11. It's not his 'CRACK' you see hanging out of his pants - It's....
'REAR CLEAVAGE '

Please use your best judgment when referring to these people,
so as to make it more comfortable for the rest of us