November 21st, 2005

lenin

PC-Speak Award

From http://tonguetied.us/ (one of my favorite sites):

The U.S. Global Language Monitor's list of the most politically correct language of the year is out, and the BBC's use of the phrase "misguided criminals" to refer to the July terrorists wins the rasberry of the year.

Among the other examples of PC-speak cited by the group are replacing the term "brainstorming" with "thought shower" in order to avoid offending people with brain disorders and "deferred success" to replace "failure" to avoid making students feel bad about themselves.

Also on the list (most will be familiar to regular readers): "womyn" for women in order to distance the word from men, replacing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with "God Rest Ye Merry Persons" and Australia's failed attempt to ban use the word "mate" to address members of parliament.