Get out your dictionaries and get ready to do battle!
With the micro inspection of all the politicos and the outpouring of political correctness it has become nearly impossible to speak or even go to the toilet without offending someone.
For the sake of stimulating conversation we will offer some examples of “wrong talk.” We speak not of intentional bashing, baiting, or mean spirited use of the English language. Just some of the new terms and situations that create tensions.
A student who is above average intelligence is “gifted and talented.” That student often takes “advance placement” classes. It is considered totally insensitive to use “slow, dumb, stupid, lazy, or god forbid the opposite of advance “R” word.
-A person who cannot hear is never deaf.
-A person who cannot walk is never crippled (although polio is a crippling disease).
-People from Mexico are not called “Mexicans,” they somehow become hispanic or latino. However someone from France is “french” and Germany has “Germans.”
–A man from England is an “Englishman,” but it is considered racist to refer to a male
from China as a “Chinaman.” Asian seems the current favorite.
–Caucasians of European ancestry are “white.” Negro is the black opposite of caucasian and “colored” is taboo despite the official name of the NAACP. (National Association for Advancement of Colored People.
–Mexicans, Mid-eastern, and other brown skinned people are “people of color.” Never
–Despite the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian crafts, and casinos, those people are “Native Americans,” not to be confused with “African-Americans.
–Then we have the issue of “self-identifying” gender identity. Can a high school junior go to the girls locker room on a whim because he “self identified?”
–We can remember when LGBT mean lettuce, guacamole, bacon and tomato on a sandwich rather than code for sexual identity.
–We haven’t seen any women using urinals, but then again any man will tell you it’s bad form to peek at the person next to you…ALWAYS stare straight ahead!
Male, female, Christian, atheist, Republican, Democrat, today life in America is to skate on thin ice. If you or your group was mentioned above and you didn’t like it, we offer a blanket apology.
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