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[–] RunsWithScissors 15 points 19 points (+34|-15) ago 

That's not really political correctness though. There are two kinds of political correctness.

The original (and good type) of political correctness is just being, well, correct. For example, if someone has suffered a stroke and can't form syllables as well as most people, instead of referring to them as "stupid" or "retarded," the correct term would be "language apraxia." That's the politically (and medically) correct term. Or if someone is attracted to members of the same sex, we would refer to them not as a "faggot" (politically incorrect), but instead, "homosexual" or "gay" for short. "Faggot" is pejorative, and also, inaccurate (a faggot is technically a bundle of sticks.)

That's one kind of political correctness. Using accurate and non-pejorative terms to refer to people.

The other kind of political correctness is where political correctness is used as a subterfuge for censorship. For example, it's not "politically correct" to refer to people like Donald Trump as racist homophobic pieces of shit. Instead, we have to pretend that Donald Trump is a valuable part of some meaningful debate. Or, we're expected to not refer to bigots as bigots, but instead, "traditionalists."

The difference is that the first kind of correctness, where we refer to people with Down Syndrome as, well, people with Down Syndrome is actually a matter of accuracy. The second kind of political correctness isn't a matter of correctness at all. It isn't correct or accurate to accept hate under the banner of "diversity of opinion," but that's the subterfuge to get it accepted.


[–] ThizzBoss 18 points 35 points (+53|-18) ago  (edited ago)

Hey look at this faggot cuck pushing a PC narrative, and it somehow managed to sneak in a Trump insults.


Edit: I'd also like to point out that words like retard, imbecile, and moron started out as medical terms but now we aren't allowed to call someone with mental retardation retarded anymore because of faggots like the one I'm replying to. You can't even call a midget a midget anymore without hurting their little feelings.


[–] 1736854? 1 points 14 points (+15|-1) ago 

We've complicated our language to the point where it has lost all meaning - people like the person you replied to spend inordinate amounts of time labelling everything. When I was 6, my mom got me one of those Dymo labelers - I fucking labelled everything. Desk. Lamp. Dresser. Couch. Cat. But you know what? I got to the point where I stopped giving a shit what things were called.

Totally voting for Bernie, though, FYI.


[–] shirtlords 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Well said you fucking retarded fag!


[–] theoldguy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Actually, "nigger" is just a lazy mangling of "negro", which comes from the 16th century Spanish for "black" which in turn comes from Latin nigrum. It's not what you say, but the way you say it that leads to a term becoming disparaging.


[–] MasterZenith 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

As a midget, I agree.


[–] Zardoz 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

"Faggot" is pejorative, and also, inaccurate (a faggot is technically a bundle of sticks.)

Slang isn't 'technically inaccurate' ya fag. no more than you calling Trump a piece of shit is 'inaccurate' because that would be an actual segment of feces.

To the OP: There is no reason to delete or censor or give any special moderation to racist, sexist or 'homophobic'. Somewhere along the groupthink line of internet tradition everyone just started accepting that these are unallowed or should be rules and for no reason I can see. a forum for kids? you can make that argument yes. For adults I see no good reason why sexism, racism etc need to be banned, suppressed, deleted.


[–] MoveThemGoalposts 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The original (and good type) of political correctness is just being, well, correct.

No, the original meaning of the phrase "political correctness" was speech used to toe the (Communist party) line. So if by "correct" you mean "self-censorship in the face of a totalitarian government" then yes, you're absolutely right.


[–] RunsWithScissors 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's the origin of the pejorative.


[–] eg0death 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

No the two kinds of political correctness are the good kind: voluntary. And the bad kind: mandatory aka excuses for censorship