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Mary-Ann Horley

That's in the UK, don't blame Ireland for our crap ;)

eeka

More language policing...

The term you want is "people with epilepsy," not "epileptics." :o)

http://www.apastyle.org/disabilities.html

carpundit

eeka!
I knew I'd hear from you, keeping me PC, as always.

: )

Joe

Thought Showers? Is that anything like "Golden Showers" ?

A lot of this PC stuff has gotten way out of hand.

matt

"Thought showers" could be offensive to those who can't think. What if they can only produce a light drizzle? Might make them feel uncomfortable.

eeka

Heh. I actually hate political correctness, because I think it can be really harmful. Beverly Daniel Tatum tells a story where a White girl and her White mother are at the girl's preschool. The girl is talking about one of her friends, and she gestures to the sandbox where there are several little girls all about the same sized, all dressed similarly, and the little girl is trying to point out a friend of hers, who is the only Black girl in the group, and she's trying to describe her like, "well, um, she's the one with the red shoes, and, um..." and it's obvious that she's picked up that some people think it's not OK to say that she's the little Black girl as a way of easily pointing out which girl she means. So now we have a little girl growing up who has learned that we never talk about race and we pretend everyone is the same. She's going to have a hard time being sensitive to and appreciative of other people's cultures in her personal and professional life. I think that PC-ness pretty much teaches people that we don't talk about differences. And that's harmful.

I do think though that language can be used to oppress, and we need to be very careful to avoid this. I don't mind if people talk about my disabilities. Hell, I don't mind if people I know fairly well make off-color jokes about them. I don't want to be called "an epileptic" though, or "a cripple" or something. These words describe my whole person, and my whole humanhood is not disabled -- just my lower body and sometimes some misfit neurons. So I like to be a person first, and then I welcome any other descriptors.

Cool article on disabilities and language:
http://www.apastyle.org/disabilities.html

eeka

Oh, and I'm laughing my ass off about the "low-balling." In college I had a roommate who'd had testicular cancer the year before and had had a testicle removed, so my friends and I would all be like, "Hey, I find a Uniball pen...is this yours?" or "Man, that really took BALL to say that to your prof!"

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