Eggheads in the
government have also purged “Easter eggs” from usage because some people find the word “Easter” offensive. So what are these odious eggs to be called in the future? “Spring spheres.” I kid you not. If this wasn’t so sick, it would be funny. Seattle
The State of
Washington (like the City of ) has little or no serious business to conduct; otherwise, it would not have spent the last six years expunging thousands of words and phrases – many written centuries ago – from the public records. Want some examples? Penmanship has been zapped and is now called “handwriting.” “Freshmen” are now “first year students.” But what about “sophomores?” Surely they’ll want to change their nomenclature, knowing that “sophomore” comes from the word “sophomoric,” which means “insipid” and slightly stupid. Maybe they should be called “second year students.” And juniors? Who wants to be “junior,” a word that puts you forever in the shadow of your father? Better they should be renamed “third year students,” and in the name of parallelism and equality, seniors should henceforth be known as fourth year students. Seattle
On and on it goes. Where it stops, nobody knows.
Proponents of these egalitarian language changes think they’re righting past wrongs – especially to women – but if they really wanted to make amends, they would follow the precedent set by Affirmative Action programs. Rather than neutralize previously sexist language to asexual forms, the female form should become the new frame of reference for, let’s say, the next 50 to 100 years. Under my rules, mankind would become womankind, penmanship -penwomanship, manpower – womanpower, woman, wo-wo…so on and so forth. Such language changes would, hopefully, elevate women to positions of leadership, previously held by men.
The Language Police have also infiltrated school districts. An elementary school principal in
recently decided that peanut butter sandwiches in the school cafeteria were an offense to children from other cultures. (If you understand this, please explain it to me.) Portland, Oregon
And the City of
’s Department of Education has womandated (that used to be mandated) teachers and administrators to avoid all words that might “evoke unpleasant emotions” in their students. (Are NYC schoolteachers psychic?) Words to be avoided include (but are not limited to) “dinosaur” and “birthday.” Do these educators know what K-12 children view at local movie theaters on a weekly basis? Ghosts, goblins, zombies, killer robots, knife-slashing psychopaths, murderous extraterrestrials, and end of world themes. If anything, these kids thrive on “unpleasant emotions.” As for “birthday” being a word that elicits horror in the minds of small children -- NO! That doesn’t happen until age 55. New York
The Speech Police have also taken up residence in the State Department. Its Chief of Diversity, John Robinson, recently published a warning to all State Department employees to cease and desist using the expressions “rule of thumb”and “hold down the fort” and to find alternative verbiage. According to Robinson, “rule of thumb” refers to the maximum thickness of a stick a man could use to beat his wife. As for “hold down the fort,” the forts in question were used by Colonial soldiers in wars with Native American tribes.
Hopefully, Robinson’s acumen is not indicative of the entire Department of State; if it is, we’re all in big, big trouble. First of all, “Hold down the fort” originated in Roman times, and “Rule of thumb” was used to approximate measurements of various kinds. Furthermore, even if Robinson knew what he was talking about, the notion that one can (and should) attempt to rewrite history by purging personally distasteful words is anti-intellectual, anti-educational, and total madness.
It’s bad enough when Government tries to legislate our lives by dictating language use and trashing our right to free speech, but it’s downright dangerous when this PC insanity infects and affects national security. Think
, 2009, when Major Nidal Hasan, the self-proclaimed “soldier of Allah,” opened fire on soldiers, killing 13 and wounding 32, while repeatedly yelling “Allah Akbar.” Instead of calling Hasan’s actions what they are -- Islamic terrorism -- the Army has labeled it “workplace violence.” To this day, Hasan is handled with kid gloves, while the former judge on the case was removed because -- in accordance with Army regulations prohibiting facial hair -- he ordered Hasan to be shaven.
If the Army had not turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to Hasan’s behavior, the murder of 13 American soldiers and maiming of another 32 would never have happened. Base officers knew Hasan was receiving “spiritual guidance” from a Yemen-based al Qaeda cleric, but because he was Muslim, instructions were “don’t offend.” On the other hand, if you’re an Evangelical Christian or a Catholic, you’re fair game for defamation.
Earlier this year the Pentagon released a briefing document which identified Catholics and Evangelicals as extremists, putting them in the same category as Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations. (Note: the Pentagon later corrected this document and blamed its release on someone “outside the chain of command.”)
But who can blame the worker bees when the Queens drone on and on in twisted tongue about “undocumented aliens,” “workplace violence,” and the President of the
obfuscates reality by calling war a “time-limited military action”? United States
If I had my say (but I don’t because I’m not on any Government payroll), there are a few words I’d like to see zapped from the English language, beginning with the expression “gypping” someone. “Gyp” comes from Gypsy, and as an admirer of the Rom people, their music and culture, I am deeply offended by its usage. Then there’s the expression “killing two birds with one stone,” which really makes me seethe. It’s cruel enough to kill one innocent bird but two at the same time? I’m surprised PETA and the Audubon Society haven’t mounted an attack.