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Are politically correct equivalents too absurd? Do we need them?

 
 
Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 11:18 am
For example, short people - vertically challenged people, fat people - horizontally challenged people.
Do they pay more attention?
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 11:35 am
@Ekaterina,
Esp, Ek, I like "euthanize"
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 11:37 am
@Ekaterina,
Are you having difficulty learning English?
Ekaterina
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 11:59 am
@ehBeth,
No. I'm doing a research about politically corectness
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 12:03 pm
@Ekaterina,
Does media actually use these other terms you're suggesting? do you have statistics on the relative use of the terms?
Ekaterina
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 12:08 pm
@ehBeth,
I have a research of russian linguist, who suggests theese terms, that's why i have asked about them.
I haven't gor statistics in my book
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 12:18 pm
@Ekaterina,
I think people have the impression the terms are used much more than they actually are.
Ekaterina
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 12:19 pm
@ehBeth,
really? Can you help me? maybe you know terms which are used more often?
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engineer
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 12:20 pm
@ehBeth,
"Vertically challenged" is more like a joke. I've never heard "Horizontally challenged" before.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 12:20 pm
@Ekaterina,
Well I have never heard of these terms used in every day conversation and I am a "vertically challenged person" -- I suggest you get a new research of russian linguist.

Things that would be used for short people to be politically correct would be petite. Lttle person would be used with those with dwarfism.

For fat person - overweight, heavy --

The ones you mention may be used -- but it is typically when making a joke or trying to be funny about being overly sensitive or overly politically correct.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 12:24 pm
i think we should just put "word" after the first letter of every word so we don't offend anyone

i-word w-word t-word t-word s-word = i went to the store

see, easy and nobody gets hurt
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 01:45 pm
@djjd62,
djjd62 wrote:
i went to the store

Because of this, I'm in a world of hurt.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 01:52 pm
@Ekaterina,
Ekaterina wrote:

Do they pay more attention?


does who pay more attention?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 01:54 pm
@Ekaterina,
Ekaterina wrote:

No. I'm doing a research about politically corectness


a research

don't you mean research?

or perhaps you mean to say Ï'm researching political correctness"

_________

also - correctness is the correct spelling
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 01:54 pm
@Ekaterina,
Ekaterina wrote:

I have a research of russian linguist


what does this mean? are you researching a russian linguist?
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2015 06:03 pm
@Ekaterina,
The examples you give -- vertically challenged etc. -- are not examples of 'political correctness' at all. Rather, it's an example of mocking the concept of such correctness, of making fun of legitimate terms such as 'differently-abled' for 'disabled' etc. Do we need them? I don't; I never use such euphemisms.

I don't understand your last sentence, "Do they pay more attention?" Does who pay more attention to what?
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2015 11:43 am
@Ekaterina,
I think Kat it's done for a chuckle
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2015 06:06 am
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:

djjd62 wrote:
i went to the store

Because of this, I'm in a world of hurt.


i'll bring you back a chocolate bar if that would help
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