Unemployment and death are such ugly words

Every other day another traditional term gets rewritten into something politically correct. Not only is it silly, but it takes the reality out of situations by masking them with flowery language.

People are no longer unemployed, as pointed out by former TC staffer Renee Schafer Horton in the previous post, they are “dislocated workers.”

Folks don’t die, they “pass away,” “proceed to eternal rest,” or “go sit in the palm of Jesus’s hand with angels singing in their ears and flowers strewn beneath their feet.”

No one is short, chunky or ugly, they are “height challenged,” “blessed with ampleness,” or “uniquely featured.” I’m convinced Sears played a big part in the PC movement by calling its jeans for fat kids “husky.”

Black is African American, American Indians are Native Americans, white folk are Caucasian or, as found in some of the most recent questionnaires that include ethnicity, “none of the above.” It makes me laugh every time I have to pick “none of the above.”

Even the term manic depression, which gave rise to a kick-butt Jimi Hendrix tune, has been toned down to be known as “bipolar.”

Some of the terms are wimpy, others are downright annoying.

Or should we say some are “soft-spoken in strength” and “perky with peskiness.”

What PC term makes you cringe when you see it and why?
Has political correctness gone overboard?

"Resting eternally"/Illustration Ryn Gargulinski

"Resting eternally"/Illustration Ryn Gargulinski


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Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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4 Responses to Unemployment and death are such ugly words

  1. RADC MAXIMUS says:

    “Ethnic-Friendly” Translated: easier for some than others. “Reverse Discrimination”-discrimination is discrimination. ANYTHING that has -challenged behind it.

  2. Rynski says:

    I second those, too, RADC MAX. Especially the CHALLENGED stuff.

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  4. jello terminator says:

    I have heard the word “issue” used to death. It has replaced the word “problem.” It seems too many people saw their therapists, found out that they had “issues” and ascribed the word to all other things in their lives that they thought were wrong. “Problem” is a word with a very specific definition, as is “issue.” And neither one of them mean the same thing. An issue can mean a “disagreement” or “argument” but if you point this out to people, they get a little “pissy.”

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