We’ve got all five gas burners going today!
A better virtue of a recent former President of the U.S. was his disdain for politically correct terminology. His sometimes offensive offensive has not halted the advance of the language police, who have seized academia and are claiming, like the Donbas, most of the news media. Which is why we laugh bitterly at today’s Wall Street Journal headline: “Kremlin maps new push to stifle dissent.”
Vlad the Putinator has nothing on Woke progressives — many of them funded with taxpayer dollars. Don’t say “illegal aliens”! They are “undocumented workers.” Social workers will no longer go “into the field” because the language police at the University of Southern California now deem the term triggering for great-great-great grandchildren of slaves who worked cotton fields.
‘Language policing has reached a near fever pitch
… out of a sense that labeling common terms and expressions as “problematic”— that is, blasphemous — is essential to changing society.
Crippled was changed to handicapped; after a while, this needed replacing, and thus came disabled; today terms such as differently abled attempt yet again to elude the negative associations some assign to physical disability. This is an old story, one that the cognitive scientist Steven Pinker calls a “euphemism treadmill.”— linguist John McWhorter, in the Atlantic.
Words like ‘swell’ and ‘so’s your old man’
On no issue has language been more circumscribed (and earlier) than abortion. Live and in color, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell chided the network’s senior Capitol Hill correspondent for using the term “pro-life.”
“Pro-life”? VERBOTEN! Acceptable terminology in American’s newsrooms and faculty lounges is “anti-choice” — the negative of the much more benign-sounding “pro-choice.” A more honest term for the latter would be “pro-abortion,” but that would be your ticket to re-education camp.
At issue was a congressman’s defense of a Republican bill to save the life of infants who, somehow, survive an attempted abortion. (Only one Democrat voted in favor!)
“Let me just interrupt and say that pro-life is a term that they – an entire group wants to use – but that’s not an accurate description.”— MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell
“I am using it because that is the term she used to describe herself, Andrea.”— reporter Garrett Haake
Blaska’s Bottom Line: So much for the Woke Left’s dictum that people be called by the names and pronouns of their choice.