I was going to write a satire piece, but frankly, the truth is bad enough. And you’re not going to believe it. (Well, maybe you won’t be surprised.)
The University of New Hampshire has a complete guide to politically correct speech. They just don’t call it that. They call it the “Bias-Free Language Guide.” Let me give you some examples:
Don’t say “American” when referring to someone from the United States. Say “U.S. resident” or “resident of the U.S.”
Using the term “American” to denote someone from the United States is “problematic,” according to the UNH’s Bias-Free Language Guide because it excludes those from South America. The United States is not the only country in those two continents. Therefore, saying “American” is offensive.
Don’t say “older people.” Say “people of advanced age” or “old people.”
That’s one’s interesting, because I would’ve thought “old people” would be very offensive. As it turns out, the elderly – er, excuse me, people of advanced age – find it offensive to euphemize age. Sugarcoating it only makes it all the more obvious that people look at age as a negative thing. I’ve heard advertisements on the radio for assisted living apartments for people “60 or better.” That would now be politically incorrect and offensive, since it’s a euphemization of age.
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