Examples of language commonly referred to as "politically correct" include
- Intellectually disabled" in place of "Retarded" and other terms
- "African American" in place of "Black," "Negro" and other terms. (However, "Black" is used in English-speaking countries other than the U.S.)
- "Native American" (or "First Nations" in Canada) in place of "Indian"
- "Caucasian" in place of "White", and other terms
- "Gender-neutral" terms such as "firefighter" in place of "fireman," police officer in place of policeman
- Terms relating to disability, such as "visually impaired" or "hearing impaired" in place of "blind" or "deaf"
- "Holiday", "winter" or "festive" in place of "Christmas"
Now don't get me wrong. Some of the examples above make perfect sense - firefighter and police officer being prime examples. Largely, however, common sense has been supplanted by politically correct doublespeak. In our attempts to not offend anyone we have created a situation in which too often people use political cortrctness and doublespeak to mask the fact that they are not taking a position on anything. They are cleverly using rhetoric that makes what they are saying seemingly make sense to supporters of both sides of an issue.
Is anyone but me surprised that professional politicians are not champion cyclists?? Nobody - and I do mean NOBODY can backpedal as fast as a politician. We need new cycling events in the Olympics so the polsd can display their prowess!
IMHO the biggest danger posed by PC is the the loss of open and honest communication. A an example I submit - That hearing impaired, mute, visually impaired young male individual sure plays an incredibly proficient and aggressive game of pinball as a replacement for "That deaf dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pin ball!"
Maybe things weren't so bad when this conversation (from the movie Gran Torino) was not prohibited by PC
Barber Martin: There. You finally look like a human being again. You shouldn't wait so long between hair cuts, you cheap son of a bitch.
Walt Kowalski: Yeah. I'm surprised you're still around. I was always hoping you'd die off and they got someone in here that knew what the hell they were doing. Instead, you're just hanging around like the duop dego you are.
Barber Martin: That'll be ten bucks, Walt.
Walt Kowalski: Ten bucks? Jesus Christ, Marty. What are you, half Jew or somethin'? You keep raising the damn prices all the time.
Barber Martin: It's been ten bucks for the last five years, you hard-nosed pollock son of a bitch.
Walt Kowalski: Yeah, well keep the change.
Barber Martin: See you in three weeks, prick.
Walt Kowalski: Not if I see you first, dipshit.
And lastly - is this song politically correct?????