05 March 2011

Politically Correctness Fun

Political correctness began as an honest desire to make language more equitable for women. It didn’t take long for people with disabilities to decide they didn’t much like being called crips and retards and freaks and worse. Eventually others climbed on the linguistic respect bandwagon. Not a bad thing, really. The language a person uses tends to reflect both the person’s background and the person’s own personal views. The idea was that if people were required to pay attention to what they were saying, then they would begin to think about the attitudes behind the words. And I think it worked. For a while.

Nowadays, it seems political correctness (P.C.) has become a joke. There are jokes about, and even disgust for P.C. Terms like “vertically challenged” (short) became part of our slang. I don’t want to get into the politics of P.C., but I would like to have some fun with the idea. I made up some terms. Here are my ideas, feel free to make up your own.

Collection Overload Syndrome—hording
Jaunt impaired—poor driver
Canine Detestation Syndrome—hates dogs
Feline Detestation Syndrome—hates cats
Fiction Abhorrence Disorder—reality show fanatic
Corpulent Series Devotion Syndrome—lover of shows about people who are obese
Chic Impaired—lacks fashion sense
Delusional—someone who thinks all writers are rich

I hope I didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings or stir up problems. This was just a bit of fun to brighten up a rainy, gloomy day.

Have a great rest of the weekend!


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