2005's Politically Incorrect Words/Phrases

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Dec 23 05:41:07 UTC 2005

On 12/22/05, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> I'm also not quite clear on the notion
> of political incorrectness employed here:  are "waitron", "womyn"
> (also not particularly hot off the press), etc. supposed to be
> politically *in*correct?  I give up.

The Global Language Monitor website hedges its bets by referring to
the list as the "Top Politically (in)Correct Words for 2005." But
various media outlets reporting on this silliness have simply dropped
the parentheses, making the list appear sillier still.

--Ben Zimmer

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