FW: PETA Changing NY State's Historical Names??

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Mon Aug 8 14:58:04 UTC 2005

"Sagehen" asks: Were these the same people that were trying to
substitute names of
vegetables (!)  for terms like "dog" and "turkey" as pejoratives a
couple of years ago?  ISTR a short thread about this on ADS-L.

In late June, 2001, our former pen=pal Lynne Murphy posted a note
headed "Vegan Prescriptivism", offering a link to a web site that
proposed "'animal friendly' alternatives to common sayings.  Includes
suggestion that you say "I have a bean to pick with you" rather than "I
have a bone to pick with you.""
This prompted a considerable number of responses.  The web address does
not appear in the archives, so it may not have been PETA, though it is
the sort of goofy thing they would do.  If I recall, either from having
checked the website, or from the discussion here, anyone who says to a
child "your room is an absolute pigpen -- pick up your toys" is showing
a reprehensible insensitivity to the feelings of pigs; an alternative,
inoffensive expression was proposed.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

----- Original Message -----
From: sagehen <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM>
Date: Sunday, August 7, 2005 1:58 pm
Subject: Re: FW: PETA Changing NY State's Historical Names??

> >Liz Martinez forwarded:
> >
> >The animal rights group based in Norfolk, Va., renewed its call,
> first made
> >nearly a decade ago, for Fishkill to change its name. The group
> now wants
> >the town and village to be known as fishinghurts.com, which just
> happens to
> >be the Internet address for a PETA Web site dedicated to the
> group's ''fish
> >empathy project.''
> ~~~~~~~~~~

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