Skip to comments.* Censorship by Language Reform
Posted on 04/05/2010 9:53:00 AM PDT by AJKauf
I have noticed that whenever I used the word Mankind in an article, it emerges in the printed version, without my permission, as Humankind, a word I despise as both ugly and sanctimonious. (In the Oxfam shop round the corner from where I live there is a poster with a slogan that nauseates me: Thankyou for Being Humankind.) The change is made with such regularity, and in so many publications, that the government might as well have decreed it, though in fact it has not. There is, presumably, a monstrous regiment of sub-editors at work, all of like mind.
Of course the change lacks logic. If Mankind is objectionable because of its masculinity, Humankind is no better. It still contains the dread word, or should I say syllable, man. Nor would Hupersonkind be better, because of the masculinity of the syllable son. To eradicate all sexism from the word, it should be Huperoffspringkind. This is clearly ridiculous. But censorship by language reform is not a matter of logic, it is a matter of power. As Humpty Dumpty said, it is a question of who is to be master (if one may still be allowed the word), thats all....
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Did you notice that at the very end of the most recent Star Trek movie the traditional motto has now been changed???
It’s not longer; “To boldly go where no man has gone before” — now what Spock said was; “To boldly go where no ONE has gone before”. REALLY ticked me off, frankly. Absolutely ridiculous as one could tell Starfleet really didn’t have a race, gender, or even species problem to begin with!!!
Shouldn’t that be “Hupersonkind”?
Note to self: READ, don’t scan.
In addition to rewriting the rules of standard English, the politically correct feel entitled to rewrite the rules of biology, physics, anthropology and climatology while they smugly rewrite history. This isn’t really anything new; it’s all part of their concocted fantasy.
Double plus good.
Big Brother approves.
(And better a gram than a damn)
Of course Star Trek takes place in the future.
I read somewhere that the language of “politically correct” is the only language that gets smaller over time.
Of course, we can rebel.
One of my oft-used new words is “Obama” which has multiple meanings as in:
Bunch of bull-Obama.
Shove it up your Obama. (see, two apt meanings for one word)
Oh, and we need additional words for “professor and Dr”.
I consider no one having degrees in education, political science or sociology to be deserving of the titles.
Orwell in 1984 on Newspeak:
“By 2050earlier, probablyall real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byronthey’ll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually contradictory of what they used to be. Even the literature of the Party will change. Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like “freedom is slavery” when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinkingnot needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
I get bugged (especially in light of what we celebrated yesterday) by the use of BCE and CE in place of BC and AD. What the hell does “common era” mean, anyway?
Just more anti-Christian PC BS.
this quote from Orwell needs to be used in a GOP POTUS candidate’s acceptance-of-the-nomination speech.
I saw a commercial last weekend that really frosted me. It was paid for by the “gay lesbian bisexual,” whatever organization. At first I wasn’t paying attention, then I realized what was going on and started watching it. A couple of dippy, shallow young white girls were trying on clothes in a department store changing room, and one of them said, “That’s so gay!” Whereupon she was shamed and scolded by some self-righteous actress. The ad went on to say, “Do you think about what you’re saying when you say ‘that’s so gay’?” and making the girls who said it look really stupid, (one of them was wearing a skirt as a blouse.)
Anyway, the commercial ended with the stern words, “Knock it off!!” They’re ORDERING us not to say “That’s so gay.” I don’t normally say it, but the commercial gave me an overwhelming urge to start saying it all the time now!
One might notice that “sex” is increasingly being replaced by “gender,” a term that was once largely confined to the study of languages and linguistics.
I am also annoyed when I see dates designated by “BCE and “CE” in place of “BC” and “AD.”