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Lyr Add: Mr.Lincoln (61* d) RE: Lyr Add: Mr.Lincoln 10 Jan 00


It just strikes me that the way people throw the term "Politically Correct" around seems strange to me. What you'd think a term like that would mean would be that in any society there would be certain things taken for granted so that most people accepted them as basic common sense, and that this would be reflected in the way they used language.

That would mean that on that definition in different times and places different things would be seen as PC. And on that definition the ideas in Hank Junior's song would I suspect be pretty PC in the USA 2000AD.

I prefer to see the way we use words as being courteous or discourteous, kind or unkmind, respectful and disrespectful. Different times and places different count as courteous or discourteous, and you keep your ears and eyes open to try and avoid hurting people who don't dersrve to be hurt. That's just being polite and treating people decently.

And there's lots of room for disagreement and discussion about what words are polite and what aren't. And it matters. The labels you give people can make a big difference, even life and death difference sometimes. Words like nigger and yid and foetus and cripple.

But when people start throwing around labels like "PC" or "Non-PC", in that kind of context, it just confuses the process of thinking and exchanging ideas. And that's often what it's meant to do.

I really think we should save the term PC for the machine I'm using at the moment, or for Police Constables.


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