April 6, 2013

IF WE WANTED TO JUST USE PLAIN LANGUAGE...:

The 'Vigilance' Vigilantes : The tolerance enforcers will not tolerate dissent. (Mark Steyn, 4/05/13, National Review)

He who controls the language shapes the debate: In the same week the Associated Press announced that it would no longer describe illegal immigrants as "illegal immigrants," the star columnist of the New York Times fretted that the Supreme Court seemed to have misplaced the style book on another fashionable minority. "I am worried," wrote Maureen Dowd, "about how the justices can properly debate same-sex marriage when some don't even seem to realize that most Americans use the word 'gay' now instead of 'homosexual.'" She quoted her friend Max Mutchnick, creator of Will & Grace:

"Scalia uses the word 'homosexual' the way George Wallace used the word 'Negro.' There's a tone to it. It's humiliating and hurtful. I don't think I'm being overly sensitive, merely vigilant."

For younger readers, George Wallace was a powerful segregationist Democrat. Whoa, don't be overly sensitive. There's no "tone" to my use of the word "Democrat"; I don't mean to be humiliating and hurtful: It's just what, in pre-sensitive times, we used to call a "fact."

...couldn't we call them "men who engage in anal intercourse"?  But, of course, then support for them would disappear.
Posted by at April 6, 2013 8:17 AM
  

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