OOOOOooo a Controversial topic…
Have you noticed recently that there are so many words that you can no longer say, just in case it offends someone?
I know we dont live in a very nice world, and yes there are people out there that are more vicious in their words than they are physically, but things like this remind me of the rhyme I was taught as a child and I have taught my children the same
“Sticks and Stones
may break my bones
but names will never hurt me”
Because of possible offence are we giving power to these particular words??
Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it– Mark Twain
I can only speak from my own example. I have a daughter with special needs. Now, words that are offensive to special needs are words like retard, mong, spaz etc. I know where I live mong is a word frequently used to describe a person who is acting out stupidly. It has been a very long time since I have heard anyone say “Look at that mong” and then pointing to a person with Downs Syndrome. If someone pointed at my daughter and said “look at that mong” then yes I would be most upset and offended by it. I would be deeply hurt and cry, holding my daughter protectively from the world. But on the other other hand if .. say, my wonderful husband for example (Sorry Carl) started to act stupidly, and someone said “He is acting like a mong” I wouldn’t think straight away that he is acting like someone with Downs Syndrome, No! I would think he was just being a prat, acting silly, or daft. To me that is what the word mong means. I said it myself a long time before I had my daughter, and I still have moments of monging out now.
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?… Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?…The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.” – Syme – George Orwell – 1984
When will it end?
At what point do we remove words from the English language just because they may offend someone??
Or do we simply see things as they are and realise they are just words, and its the recipient of the words that need to understand the true intent and meaning.
Should the population of the planet have to watch what they all say just in case? Or is it the sensitive people that are to blame for political correctness?? Are people too worried about other people and what ‘might’ offend them??
My opinion is people need to grow up! This is the real world, and there is worse things going on than name calling, if you don’t like what you hear, walk away.