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A87989431 - Political Correctness in the Early American Republic, or, How to Be 'Woke' in 1830

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Entry: Political Correctness in the Early American Republic, or, How to Be 'Woke' in 1830 - A87989431
Author: Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China - U1590784

We got into a discussion of the vagaries of 'political correctness' last night, so this morning, I had to do a bit of rummaging through the 1830s anthropological accounts of the habits of those wild Americans...

This entry has two objects: to inform, and to make you laugh like hyenas.

smiley - dragon


A87989431 - Political Correctness in the Early American Republic, or, How to Be 'Woke' in 1830

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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

smiley - laugh For me it absolutely succeeded in both! I had a very good time reading this.


A87989431 - Political Correctness in the Early American Republic, or, How to Be 'Woke' in 1830

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Thanks, Tav! smiley - smiley


A87989431 - Political Correctness in the Early American Republic, or, How to Be 'Woke' in 1830

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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Great Entry - very informative indeed.

More Victorian than the Victorians in relation to the furniture legs...

Educational about 'rooster', too. 'Poultry political correctness' is a challenge indeed - reminds me of the smiley - flustered in my student boarding house when the kitchen staff were delighting in asking everyone to say whether they were breast or leg people before they could get their chicken dinner smiley - flustered - I was so smiley - flustered at the innuendo that the term 'white meat' eluded me smiley - laugh

Plenty of strange terms are used in relation to disabled people, but I like how you explain the phenomenon in this Entry - people who are trying not to offend a strange 'new' species come up with the most convoluted euphemisms, but it settles down once the strange species becomes more familiar and joins the conversation.

An 'amusing' situation was when the charity for people with cerebral palsy renamed itself from The Spastics Society to Scope because 'spastic' had become a playground insult more than a medical term - it wasn't too long before 'scoper' became the insult instead...

The Entry perhaps ends on a sad note, although it is a positive that the school was aiming to change the attitudes 'to substitute real delicacy'.


A87989431 - Political Correctness in the Early American Republic, or, How to Be 'Woke' in 1830

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

'...it settles down once the strange species becomes more familiar and joins the conversation.' Beautifully put! And that's it, in a nutshell. smiley - smiley

See? I was right about that chicken business. smiley - rofl It's funny how much of this becomes a legacy issue later. At least I've never heard anyone refer to a bull as a 'gentleman cow'.

You're right about the terms for disabilities, too.

Silliness happens, because people are people. But the progress is real, even when it's slow. (We're allowed to laugh at ourselves along the way.)


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