8/11/15 – Polite Language
Terms that were once commonly used such as “handicapped”, “founding fathers”, and “grandfathering” have fallen out of use.
As someone who volunteers with special needs children, I understand why the terms “retard” and “mentally retarded” are considered offensive.
But some people have taken politically correct language to silly extremes.
According to the guide, the terms ‘normal”, “able-bodied”, “healthy” or “whole” are offensive. People in that category — according to the university — should be called “non-disabled.”
“American”, “Caucasian”, “foreigner”, “illegal alien”, “guys”, “manpower”, and “the average man” are problematic.
Really? Has common-sense taken a holiday?
Just recently, the Washington Post published about a two-and-a-half thousand word article arguing that the term “Section 8” is a racial slur. The phrase comes from section 8 of the 1937 Housing Act, which authorized government-subsidized rental housing for low income residents. The term is still used in federal law.
The Washington Post tries to build a case for banning the phrase.
I believe most people would like to engage in polite conversation without offending others.
But some people are wound too tight and look for problems that don’t exist.