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Voice Post: politically correct terms


There are certain words that don't bother me, and in general I don't care whether people use people-first language. However, there are other words that are just off limits... They're in the phone post, as well as some interesting suggestions to go along with PC language.


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quirkofonic
Nov. 1st, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)
I have to agree with the post. Somebody said to me once that PC language and other avoidance words are more for the comfort of the speaker and not the person being spoken to. I can agree. I do think words like "handicapable" and "differently abled" are just taking things much too far, as if making a term so brimming with fake positiveness will be empowering and all that. That's what all of this boils down to. Mind you, I've never run into anyone who actually made it a point to speak all PC in my presence, although I've heard plenty of people avoid the word "blind" as if they were talking about cancer or death. But it's so obvious when people use such PC terms that they want to avoid the topic, even though they want to believe they're using such words for our benefit. OK, I may have light perception, but I am blind when you get down to the nitty-gritty. Plain and simple, one syllable, blind. I guess people-first language looks good on paper, but I can agree that it is awkward to speak and somebody can still say the words in a particular tone if they're wanting to be a jerk about it. I think people who think PC language works are totally missing the point, because it's believed that the words in and of themselves are wrong, when the reality is it's tone and context that is important and usually very telling of the person's intent. On a sillier note, those really fake positive terms like "Differently abled" give me the mental picture of somebody speaking them who is so upbeat and so positive that they get on everybody else's nerves as they wait for the three cups of French roast coffee to kick in so they can wake up the rest of the brain and get to work. LOL!
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