Thursday, September 01, 2016

"Politically Correct" vs "Polite"

One of the reasons you often hear for why a person supports Donald Trump is that he's not politically correct ... that he says what everyone else wishes they could say.

While I don't like linguistic pussyfooting and really don't like divisive hyphenation (such as "Italian-American" and "African-American"), I don't have a problem with being polite and avoiding language that I know will be offensive to someone*.

You shouldn't, either.

Have a good day. Come back tomorrow for September's first collection of Great Moments in Editing and Signage. More thoughts then.


* Unless they're wearing an extra-thin skin and looking for opportunities to be offended.


Mike said...

I was thinking of calling myself an Earth-American. Maybe not.

Big Sky Heidi said...

I agree. Complaints of political correctness is often a mask for offensive speech.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

There is no excuse for using offensive speech in referring to other people. Plain old fashioned politeness is never out of style.

First, in interacting with others, do no harm.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

The word "political correctness" is simply overused and unnecessary in most cases.

allenwoodhaven said...

I agree. Maybe human-american?

Duckbutt said...

What some people call political correctness really comes down to acting classy.