Monday, October 5, 2009

‘Swine Flu’ Tops Politically Incorrect Phrases

AUSTIN, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Looks like we can’t say anything anymore without someone getting offended.

According to The Global Language Monitor’s analysis of the top “politically (in)correct” words of 2009, “Swine Flu” is the most un-PC term out there.

In an effort to protect piggies and pork producers, various governments address the virus by its formal name, influenza A (H1N1), instead.

Other politically incorrect gab includes...

  • “Minority.” Talking about minorities is considered insensitive to minorities since this can make them feel, well, like minorities.

  • “Saint.” In addition to the word “saint,” Oxford University Press has removed words such as “bishop” from the Junior Dictionary.

  • “Politically Correct.” The term itself can now be considered politically incorrect, so be careful how you use it.

  • “Founding Fathers.” Though the Declaration Of Independence was signed by men, this term can be sexist. Founders only, please.

  • “Senior Citizen,” which Loughborough University suggests replacing with “older person.”

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