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How "PC" can we get...........

by Mac McMullen / November 1, 2005 2:42 AM PST

Guess I?m surprised the ACLU didn?t pick up on this one a long time ago:


I'm amazed that they didn't decide to do away with sophomore {Wise Fool). Remember your Latin?

Perhaps the Air Force should start calling their members "Air Persons", rather than Airmen.

Years ago, the Navy, in a rare spasm of reason and order, said that that Midshipman was a rank and title and would be assigned to men and women. So far it seems to be working.

The other day in San Pedro, Calif, the local paper referred to a woman, working on the docks, as a longshoreperson. How PC is that?

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A real example of PC farce
by grimgraphix / November 1, 2005 2:48 AM PST

It appears the principle is the real "Sophomore" in this case.

But wait... when will we quite calling ourselves Humans and start calling ourselves Hupeople ?


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Yup, there's PC and then there's ridiculous
by Josh K / November 1, 2005 2:54 AM PST

Are we going to have to watch out for open personholes when crossing the street? Change the name of the borough to Personhattan?

I remember one time years ago when the Women's Organization at my synagogue was put in charge of one of the less important Yom Kippur services, and they changed all references to God to gender-neutral words. They even replaced the word ''Lord'' because it has a male connotation. If that wasn't silly enough, they did it by leaving the original words visible, striking them through and then putting the PC words above them. They took a lot of well-deserved ridicule for it.

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I don't want to nit, but isn't it hupersons? Just a minor
by Kiddpeat / November 1, 2005 4:00 AM PST

change, and we become hypersons. This may have possibilities. Beam me up Scotty!

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Out of touch
by EdH / November 1, 2005 2:55 AM PST
But in Amherst, some believe language is a measure of how people are viewed and treated.

Believe me, most kids that age would much rather be called "freshman" than "ninth-grader". Do these educators have any kids?
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They're educators! They don't need any stinkin kids!
by Kiddpeat / November 1, 2005 4:02 AM PST
In reply to: Out of touch
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I'm sure the student's just love '9th graders'. I'll bet
by Kiddpeat / November 1, 2005 3:57 AM PST

they wonder what that K-8 graduation was all about.

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Maybe rather than take gender out of the word
by Steven Haninger / November 1, 2005 8:31 PM PST

we need to put gender into it. "Man", "mankind" and the like when used as a simple collective noun is without gender. A "wo" gets added to differenciate between male/female. Why not just add a letter or two to the beginning of the word man/men in the case one wants to specify maleness instead of drop it altogether. We could use heman/hemen & sheman/shemen or whatever it takes to please and get this stupid monkey off our backs.

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The gender is out of the word
by C1ay / November 1, 2005 8:52 PM PST

Most dictionaries list one of the many definitions of 'man' as the human race. Just because it is gender specific in one context does not make it gender specific in all cases. If multiple definitions for a word are a problem then I wonder if all store rooms should have a checkout....

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