End the word (was: a word from "Huck Finn")

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 3 01:58:34 UTC 2012

On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM, Gordon, Matthew J.
<GordonMJ at missouri.edu> wrote:
> I just got a campus announcement about a series of events under the heading "Spread the Word to End the Word." Nowhere > was the word in question noted. They did mention "persons with disabilities" but I had to google the campaign name to            > discover that they're seeking an end to the r-word ("retard(ed)"). Since they mentioned disabilities, I thought they might be      > after "lame" which is also a target of language policing.

Sigh! No wonder that Santorum can get away with asserting that college
is so lame that no *real* American would bother with it.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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