If you would win the argument, first seize the language


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

    Comment by Paladin — July 29, 2015 @ 12:52 pm

  2. 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.

    Comment by Fawkes News (#Snarknado) — July 29, 2015 @ 12:56 pm

  3. 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.

    Comment by Jess — July 29, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

  4. 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.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — July 29, 2015 @ 2:20 pm

  5. 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.”

    Comment by DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this) — July 29, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

  6. 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.

    Comment by mech — July 29, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

  7. DM!! He steals! He shoots!! He SCORES!!!!!


    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — July 29, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

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

    Comment by DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this) — July 29, 2015 @ 4:25 pm

  9. 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.

    Comment by Paul Moore — July 29, 2015 @ 4:33 pm

  10. “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.

    Comment by Lord of the Fleas — July 29, 2015 @ 4:54 pm

  11. 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.

    Comment by ZZMike — July 29, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

  12. 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!)

    Comment by DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this) — July 29, 2015 @ 5:21 pm

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

    Inclusive! Yay!

    Comment by Nomen Nescio — July 29, 2015 @ 5:42 pm

  14. 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.

    Comment by ZZMike — July 29, 2015 @ 5:54 pm

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

    Comment by geezerette — July 29, 2015 @ 6:11 pm

  16. 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.

    Comment by OldFert — July 29, 2015 @ 8:25 pm

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

    Comment by Stick — July 30, 2015 @ 7:33 am

  18. “Sack of doorknobs” works for me :)

    Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — July 30, 2015 @ 7:38 am

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

    Comment by Susan Lee — July 30, 2015 @ 8:21 am

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