Say What?

Today’s blog entry is brought to you by the number 5 and the letters C-E-N-S-O-R-S-H-I-P.

The P.C. police have struck again. And that’s the “politically correct” … uhmmm … “culturally aware” police, by the way.

Birth defects, blindness, barbarians, and busboys have all been banned from the latest round of United States school texts. How, then, do you describe someone who’s blind from birth? “Lacking visual acuity due to a developmental abnormality?”

Some of you will probably remember the last time political correctness cultural awareness was in the news. It gave us such ridiculous (and late-night talk show joke-worthy) terms as “horizontally gifted” (formerly “fat,” “overweight,” or “obese”), “mentally challenged” (formerly “retarded” or “mentally handicapped”), “vertically challenged” (formerly “short,” which makes me think the rapper 2Short really wouldn’t have had nearly the one-hit-wonder career that he did had his named been “2VerticallyChallenged”), and “metabolically endowed” (formerly “thin” or “skinny”).

It’s no wonder kids today can’t write a sentence shorter than 25 words. We’re teaching them never to say in five words what can be effectively said in 30. Call a spade a spade, people. This madness has to stop somewhere.

posted by Chris on 28 May 2003 at 2242 in language


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