I think it is changing the way we talk about people based on a perception that the old ways are in some way harmful or degrading to those people. As with all perception, sometimes we are seeing things clearly and other times we are not.
I think this is a great question, by the way.
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Ever hear Larry the Cable Guy's PC version of "The Night Before Christmas?" Oops, I guess I should have said "The Night Before a Non-Denominational Winter Holiday." I think that pretty well describes the current hyperbolic political correctness.
Lady-of-the-evening, lady-of-the-evening, lady-of-the-evening!. Get 'er done.
I just asked myself what it means, and it occurred to me I wasn't sure.
and mannnnnnnn...I thought I knew all of Larry the Cable Guy's stuff, but either I'm misfiring on the synapse, or that is a bit I didnt' watch ad nauseum while I was "in transit" during Katrina. (those blue-collar comedians were the only thing that we all agreed upon in that little cabin--ironically, decidedly, politically incorrect?)
But yes, I think it's a good question.
I'm so glad Ron thought of it.
Another rule[r] in stream-of-consciousness thinking. Which rather inhibits, rather than promotes, free thinking. But as long as I keep my free-thinking in my own head, don't put it down in black and white, and don't whisper it to anyone...why then, I'm fairly sure I'm falling within its guidelines.
But you see, I still think the word "gay" means "to be happy."
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