Australian zoo relabels "fairy penguins" in an excess of PC

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 19 12:57:07 UTC 2006


My guess is that it'll be "ferry" in those dialects that don't distinguish
between "ferry" and "fairy," as in St. Louis BE, in which "fairy" and
"ferry" both rhyme with "Larry." ;-)

-Wilson



On 4/16/06, Brenda Lester <alphatwin2002 at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> Tinkerbell
>   Tooth Fairy
>   Faerie Queene
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> "Mark A. Mandel" <mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU> wrote:  Penguins lose 'fairy'
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> From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
> By Hannah Davies
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> April 16, 2006
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> THEME park bosses have re-named their colony of fairy penguins amid fears
> they could upset the gay community.
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> Managers at Sea World, on the Gold Coast, are now calling the species
> "little penguins" in case associations with the word "fairy" offend
> visitors
> to the park.
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> "We didn't have any complaints about the name of the penguins, but someone
> thought they could be seen as offensive so we decided to change it to
> little
> penguin instead," a Sea World spokeswoman said. "We just didn't want to
> upset the gay community. The new name is more politically correct."
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> However, Queensland's gay community and other zoos which keep fairy
> penguins
> described the name change as ridiculous and unnecessary.
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> full story: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18823845-1248,00.html
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