If you would win the argument, first seize the language

Reality Challenged

Have these …people individual non-specific entities ever met a human?

Saying “American” to reference …erm, Americans is “problematic.” According to the U of New Hampshire guide to “Inclusive Excellence,” one is encouraged to use the more incluuuusive substitutes “U.S. citizen” or “Resident of the U.S.”

John Wayne was unavailable for comment. I am not.

In the university’s words,

Each step of inclusion moves us closer to a full democracy

Democracy: two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for lunch.

Inclusive Excellence: refers to the achievement of institutional excellence through a sustained intentional, dynamic, and interactive engagement across a fully diverse campus in all phases of univesity life (curricular, co-curricular, research, and outreach). Only with an equitable inclusion of diverse peoples, perspectives, and pedagogies can optimal teaching, inquiry, artistic development, and learning occur.

Unless ze/hur/ug happens to ideeeentify as Ann Coulter…

Identities are personal. It is important to realize that each person will define their own identity. Identity terms are meant for individuals to use to identify themselves and not for us to identify them.

That one, over there – with the red shirt, yanno, who/whateverinhell that guy gal person a-hole thinks he zie hir it iz. …today.

Gotta cut some slack since they seem to be addressing the kind of people [human and otherwise, not to be specieist] who actually need to be told this:

Micro-assault, verbal attack
Example: “Dogs smell funny” to a blind person using a guide dog.

Example: “You have a learning disability? How can you be a lawyer?”

UNH – where, apparently, the freshman first-year class has been raised by a particularly hostile and unsocialized pack of bonobos.

Here’s a surprise:

Preferred: person “living with” a specific disability, …
Problematic: victim, …

This “no more viiiictims” thing will be a crushing blow to …some.

NB “Problematic” means “icky, dirty/bad no-no. No use. Much punish.”
ie; Persons living with the challenge of being gullible, naive fools.

Preferred: U.S. citizen or Resident of the U.S.
Problematic: American

Note: North Americans often use “American” which usually, depending on the context, fails to recognize South America

They said, hurtfully micro-assaulting by leaving out Central America, Mexico and America’s Hat.

Preferred: Black or African American
Problematic: negro, negroid, colored person, dark

Preferred: use the specific name of the country on the continent; Africa; e.g., Egypt, Ethiopia
Problematic: Africa, which is a continent of many countries

Note: “African” is a broad term. Even though we know Africa as one of the seven continents, citizens prefer to identify with their country of origin, such as Ethiopian or Nigerian. [except, of course, “African Americans”]

My head is starting to ache, now.

Preferred: Western Asian, Northern African people
Problematic: Arabs

Note: The people of these regions of the world identify according to their genealogical, linguistic, or cultural backgrounds. When applicable, tribal affiliations and intra-tribal relationships play an important role in their identity.

Particularly those “Western Asian, Northern African” who ideeeentify as *not Arabic*…

But Look! They’ve made a full circle:

Preferred: people of advanced age, old people*
Problematic/Outdated: older people, elders, seniors, senior citizen

*Old people has been reclaimed by some older activists who believe the standard wording of old people lacks the stigma of the term “advanced age”. Old people also halts the euphemizing of age. Euphemizing automatically positions age as a negative.

“Euphemizing automatically positions attributes as a negative,” they say, in their list of euphemizisms…

Preferred: people of size
Problematic/Outdated: obese*, overweight people

“Obese” is the medicalization of size, and “overweight” is arbitrary; for example, standards differ from one culture to another.
Note: “Fat”, a historically derogatory term, is increasingly being reclaimed by people of size and their allies, yet for some, it is a term that comes from pain.

Olive Oyl is now “Size Challenged”?
Will this be another I can say it but you can’t thing? Will they hafta add another ‘a’ to distinguish the term: Faat?

Preferred: seeking help for emotional mental health, person who identifies as having an emotional disability
Problematic: emotionally disturbed

And if they’re not ‘seeking help’? Like the writers of this dumb-ass piece of reality-challenged horse hockey.

It amazes me time and again [which sez more about me than about them, methinks] how all these self-involved Mrs Grundys can get away with making all these other-identifying language choices about other people, for other people, proceed to scold the rest of us on not using them according to their definition of ‘correctly,’ and get away with it. No one points out these morons are mad as a bag of frogs, points, laughs, and ignores them. Whyizzat?

Whatever happened to the eminently sane: Your opinion of me is none of my business.


  1. Paladin
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm |

    Does that mean “Old Coot” and “Fat fat fatty fat fatso” are out?

  2. Fawkes News (#Snarknado)
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm |

    Preferred: Batshit wacko busybody jackass

    Problematic: Educator

    Officials at Uhmerican Institushuns of Hyer Lurning do not “educate” anyone. They indoctrinate and censor and destroy the capacity of young people to speak and think critically. They commit macro-aggressions against all rational, sane human beings. Every. Frickin. Daaaaaaaay.

  3. Jess
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm |

    I’m prone to use the term “dumbass”, which is probably exclusive, so I’ll change that to “ignorant ass”, which indicates a lack of knowledge, instead of a frame of mind, and makes those willing to embrace obscure philosophy more willing to examine their possibility of fitting the description of the term. Now, that’s inclusive.

    I feel much better.

  4. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 2:20 pm |

    This old person English-American white man wants to go all Mongol macroaggressive on useless trash like Mzzz HarrishyphenPerry for wasting scarce resources like oxygen, ink and generating carbon (dioxide) putting together that useless essay page of bullshit.
    I also want to not thank the University of New Hampshire Newspeak Rightthink for giving her hur a forum.

  5. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 3:46 pm |

    Saying “US citizen” stigmatizes permanent residents and aliens.
    Saying “US resident” belittles citizens.
    What the heck could be more inclusive than to call someone here an American?
    e frikkin’ pluribus unum
    The only thing you can call someone that is totally inclusive is “Earthling,”
    and I’m makin’ a pretty big assumption there.
    (Hey, who hasn’t read about someone who self-identifies otherwise.)

    “American,” properly used, applies only to US people, because The United States of America is the only country on the planet that has “America” in it’s name.
    “South” “Central” “North” and “Americas” are continental references, not national.
    An educated Earthling should know that.
    Saying “I am an American” confuses not. one. Earthling … except a few academics, perhaps.
    (Sure, at one time, the British used “American” to include Canadians; but that was a holdover from those icky colonial days. They wouldn’t dare employ that old usage, these days.)
    Calling anyone but a USan an American will get you, at best, a verbal correction.

    did the article explain what words to use for those who have parents of mixed nationalities, races, and ethnic identities?

    I wonder what Peter Dinklage (an American) would say about the “person of size” thing.
    Using it to mean large sounds kind of, well, problematic.

    Personally, I’d probably be offended, if any of this made any sense.

    Frankly, I think that these kinds of people who try to avoid any word that, in any historical or other context, could be in any be way interpreted as judgmental (i.e. descriptive) are being just a tad, well, you know … judgmental.

    I twitch my nose at all of Gladys Kravitz’s comrades.

    (What? Yeah, a new linguistic discipline, Bonobo•nics©*.)
    * For a minute, there, I didn’t think I’d find a place to use Claire’s word, “bonobo.”

  6. mech
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm |

    Is “Squirrel!” still acceptable?

    Not that I care. But I guess the use of a squirrel gun in this application (the writer of the original ‘article’) would be frowned upon in some circles.

  7. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 4:18 pm |

    DM!! He steals! He shoots!! He SCORES!!!!!


  8. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 4:25 pm |

    ^ Looks like the Bonobonicsists jumped the shark on this one.

  9. Paul Moore
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 4:33 pm |

    The problem with euphemisms is that eventually everyone understands what you really mean. Hence- “Crapper” becomes “Water closet” becomes “W.C.” becomes”Toilet” becomes “Rest room” becomes “Little girls/boy’s room” and on…
    When “People of color” become “Colored” we will be full circle.

  10. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 4:54 pm |

    “Euphemizing automatically positions attributes as a negative,” they say, in their list of euphemizisms…

    Hence contributing further to what I call euphemasia – the deliberate killing of plain English.

  11. ZZMike
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:02 pm |

    The brilliant boffins at the U of NH have evidently never studied our country’s founding. We were deliberately set up as a republic, not a democracy (though Supreme Courts have been working steadily on that inconvenience for some time now).

    I shudder to think what their “optimal teaching” looks like.

    The rest of their scribbling is inane – a perfect example of thought control though speech control.

    But I’m certainly on board with the euphemism thing. Only problem is, in their madness, they give an OK to “old people”, but balk at “fat people”. Their ridiculous “people of size” is – in case they didn’t notice – a euphemism.

    I suppose they’d consider “stark raving mad” as “problematic”.

    “No one points out these morons are mad as a bag of frogs, points, laughs, and ignores them.”
    Our gracious hostess does, and we notice.

    DougM: The only thing you can call someone that is totally inclusive is “Earthling,”

    We find the ending ‘ling’ to be problematic – it suggests “littleness”, which could offend little people. Or midgets. Or dwarfs. Or short people.

  12. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:21 pm |

    LotF ^10
    “Euphemasia” is an inspired neologism (or is it a portmanteau?).

    ^ Yeah, but “-ling” as diminutive is the second definition.
    The primary definition is: one connected with or having the quality of.
    Okay, sure, I could’a said Earther; but that sounds like a pro-Earth activist.
    Earthion or some such would just’a been silly (since I have no academic creds).
    Nope, I override your Bonobonic objection and stick with Earthling.

    (What? Earthman? Geeze, just listen to yourself!)

  13. Nomen Nescio
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:42 pm |

    Olive Oyl is now “size challenged a person living with a lack of fatty fat fatness”

    Inclusive! Yay!

  14. ZZMike
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 5:54 pm |

    DougM: “Okay, sure, I could’a said Earther; but that sounds like a pro-Earth activist.”

    How about “Terran”?

    “Earthman” is OK, but only used by aliens off-planeters.

  15. geezerette
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 6:11 pm |

    Another good one from Claire
    USA USA USA USA USA USA USA—!!!!! OOPs the A stands for America—

  16. OldFert
    Posted July 29, 2015 at 8:25 pm |

    Paladin: As far as fat guys go, I tell my “healthcare providers” — my BMI might be 3,000 but I’m not “morbidly” obese, I’m *cheerfully* obese.

    Fawkes: When I worked at IRS (error correction — the purple pencil people), more of the screwed-up returns (math errors, spelling mistakes, etc.) were from “educators” rather than “teachers.” College-level folks were worse than grade school or high school Persons of Instructionage.

  17. Stick
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 7:33 am |

    Is it any wonder that kids with no rudder gravitate to ISIS?
    Everyone seems to hate America including the President.

  18. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 7:38 am |

    “Sack of doorknobs” works for me :)

  19. Susan Lee
    Posted July 30, 2015 at 8:21 am |

    First-world problem- too many people with not enough to do and too much time on their hands.
    Susan Lee