I heard on NPR this morning that, in Australia, store Santas are not allowed to use the words, "Ho! Ho! Ho!" this year. It could be taken as a slur on women and will not be allowed. They will, instead, use "Ha! Ha! Ha!.
Yep, the phrase has been around forever but the world has changed, I suppose. This is no dig at Australia. I'm surprised the U.S. hasn't done the same, with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson leading the charge.
So they go from Ho to Ha, and if the subcultures start using Ha in their music & lingo to signify the word Harlot, they'll change it to He, which would be discriminatory favoritism or a slur against heathens....
Merry friggin' Xcommunication.
Between the Lines
when teaching third graders (8 yr olds) words with the long o sound... when that word came up and they were asked what its definition was...certain children covered their mouths with their hands and made a "big deal" out of it.
Teaching is almost becoming a "chore" today because of what even the youngest children are hearing and learning that is well beyond their y(ears)!
feeling dismayed~~ M
Santa Monica, California, USA