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Post time 2016-5-23 22:03:01 |Display all floors
samlam Post time: 2016-5-23 15:02
That means language is growing.

Growing in the wrong direction?
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Post time 2016-5-23 23:11:46 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2016-5-23 21:39
My "pal JF"???

I know you are missing the Fenix!

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Post time 2016-5-23 23:12:44 |Display all floors
BlondeAmber Post time: 2016-5-23 18:58
Limiting the use of words is a precursor to controlling how people think.
the whole 'ban it' attitud ...

Laowai is better than da bizi but I do not mind either

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Post time 2016-5-24 01:44:03 |Display all floors
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.
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.
I love sarcasm. It's like punching someone in the head ... only with words

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Post time 2016-5-24 05:21:00 |Display all floors
Meng Bill to Remove the Term "Oriental from U.S. Law Passed by Senate; Measure Now Heads to President Obama
May 10, 2016 Press Release
Legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) that would remove the offensive and outdated term “Oriental” from federal law was unanimously passed last night by the United States Senate. The bill, which was approved by the House of Representatives on February 29 by a vote of 376-0, now heads to President Obama who is expected to sign the measure into law.               

Meng’s bill (H.R.4238) would strike all references to “Oriental” – which still appear in Title 42 of the U.S. Code – and replace the word with “Asian Americans.”

“The word ‘Oriental’ is a derogatory and antiquated term and the passage of this legislation will soon force the United States government to finally stop using it,” said Meng. “I thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for understanding that the time has come for our government to no longer refer to Asian Americans – or any ethnicity – in such an insulting manner. Repealing this term is long overdue. ‘Oriental’ no longer deserves a place in federal law, and very shortly it will finally be a thing of the past.”

“‘Orientals’ is an offensive and antiquated term, especially so when referring to America's vibrant Asian American community," said U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and an original cosponsor of Meng’s bill. "Using this term in federal law lends it a legitimacy it doesn't deserve. I applaud Congresswoman Meng for her leadership and persistence on this important issue, and look forward to the President joining our efforts to strike these terms from the books."

“Updating derogatory references in federal law is long overdue,” said U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) who sponsored the legislation in the Senate. “Our country’s diversity makes us strong, so it is imperative that this language is changed as soon as possible. I thank my Senate colleagues for joining me in support of all Americans, and Representative Meng for her steadfast advocacy.”

Meng’s bipartisan bill, when it was approved by the House, passed with 76 cosponsors including every member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Click here to view Meng’s speech on the House Floor when it passed the House.

Title 42 of the U.S. Code consists of federal laws that deal with public health, social welfare and civil rights.

In 2009, Meng – when she was a member of the New York State Legislature – passed legislation into law that eliminated the use of “Oriental’ in all official New York State documents.

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Post time 2016-5-24 05:24:36 |Display all floors
If President Barack Obama signs the bill, it will also replace the words “Negroes,” “Spanish-speaking,” “Indians,” “Eskimos” and “Aleuts” in the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976.

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Post time 2016-5-24 05:25:02 |Display all floors
This post was edited by jd1492 at 2016-5-24 05:52

This law does not make it illegal to use the terms "black" or "oriental".

It changes the language of a couple of laws that were passed in the 70's.



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