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Political Correctness is equivalent to linguistic abortion. |It is meant to make language neutral, so that no one can be offended by it. It goes much, much further than calling black people "African Americans". In Canada, for example, we can no longer say "Indian". It's also offensive to some, if you use the term "natives", because it denotes them as barbarians. We must use either "First Nations People", or "Indigenous People". Some even insist they be called "First Nations Peoples". "Peoples" is not correct terminology. "People" is already plural. "Peoples" is a plural plural. You can thank mainstream media for this little gem. They were the first ones to use "peoples".|
We are also not allowed to use the term "Eskimo", to denote the native people who inhabit our far northern regions. The word "Eskimo" comes from the Innu language, and means "one who laces a snowshoe". We have been using the word for almost 300 years, yet now, some scholar, who has probably never even seen an Eskimo, outside of a photograph, thinks the word is offensive and demands that it be changed.
Poster Samlam says this all means that language is growing. No, it does not. It means that language is devolving. It means that we are now no longer allowed to use words that we have been using for hundreds of years, because one person may get offended. By making these laws, it means that governments are now telling us how we are allowed to think and speak, and that people who do not use these new, non-offensive, politically-correct words, are in and of themselves, rude, offensive people.
How would you feel if the government in Beijing suddenly proclaimed that you MUST use the term "wai guo ren" (foreign person/people), instead of the oft used "Laowai" (outsider), or "Gweilo" (foreign ghost/devil), and that the latter two are hereby banned from further use, because both can be used in an offensive, derogatory manner just by changing your tone of voice.