2005's Politically Incorrect Words/Phrases
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The Top Politically inCorrect Words and Phrases for 2005:
1. Misguided Criminals for Terrorist: The BBC attempts to strip away all
emotion by using what it considers ‘neutral’ descriptions when describing
those who carried out the bombings in the London Tubes. The rub: the professed
intent of these ‘misguided criminals’ was to kill, without warning, as many
innocents as possible (which is the common definition for the term,
2. Intrinsic Aptitude (or lack thereof) was a suggestion by Lawrence
Summers, the president of Harvard, on why women might be underrepresented in
engineering and science. He was nearly fired for his speculation.
3. Thought Shower or Word Shower substituting for brainstorm so as not to
offend those with brain disorders such as epilepsy.
4. Scum or "la racaille" for French citizens of Moslem and North African
descent inhabiting the projects ringing French Cities. France's Interior
Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, used this most politically inCorrect (and reprehensible)
label to describe the young rioters (and by extension all the inhabitants of
5. Out of the Mainstream when used to describe the ideology of any political
opponent: At one time slavery was in the mainstream, thinking the sun
orbited the earth was in the mainstream, having your blood sucked out by leeches
was in the mainstream. What’s so great about being in the mainstream?
6. Deferred Success as a euphemism for the word ‘fail’. The Professional
Association of Teachers in the UK considered a proposal to replace any notion
of failure with ‘deferred success’ in order to bolster students’ ‘
7. Womyn for Women to distance the word from ‘man’. This in spite of the
fact that the term ‘man’ in the original Indo-European is gender neutral (as
have been its successors for some 5,000 years).
8. C.E. for A.D.: Is the current year A.D. 2005 or 2005 C.E.? There is a
movement to strip A.D. (Latin for Year of our Lord) from the year designation
used in the West since the 5th century and replace it with the supposedly
more neutral Common Era (though the zero reference year for the beginning of
the Common Era remains the year of Christ’s birth).
9. “God Rest Ye Merry Persons” for “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”: A
Christmas, eh, Holiday, carol with 500 years of history is not enough to sway the
Anglican Church at Cardiff Cathedral (Wales) from changing the original
10. Banning the word Mate: the Department of Parliamentary Services in
Canberra issued a general warning to its security staff banning the use of the
word 'mate' in any dealings they might have with both members of the Parliament
and the public. What next? banning Down Under so as not to offend those
living in the ‘Up Over’.
Holiday Bonus: Happy Holidays or Season's Greetings for Christmas (which in
some UK schools now label Wintervale. (In the word X-Mas, the Greek letter ‘
Chi” represented by the Roman X actually stands for the first two letters of
the name Christ.)
Last year the Top Politically Incorrect words were: Los Angeles County’s
insistence of covering over with labels any computer networking protocols that
mention master/slave jargon. Following closely were non-same sex marriage
for marriage, and waitron for waiter or waitress.
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