Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Words that offend

Sitting in the bar surrounded by admirers the other day (including m'self, of course) my friend Lana was telling an anecdote.  This is getting to be quite a dangerous pastime these days, out there in Hillary's Village, where any number of words that have been used frequently in the past are now either not acceptible, 'offensive' or actually turn knees to water.

This anecdote alluded to the latter.
I saw a comment from an elderly Englishman on a thread some time ago.
I remembered it yesterday when I came across a feminist claiming that someone called her a bitch. She said it was the worst thing anybody had ever said to her and it had left her feeling “demeaned” and “powerless” and “intimidated” ever since. 
I laughed out loud when I realised that this comment had been made to her by someone she didn’t know on the internet.
The man recalled a conversation he had had with his grandfather when he had been a boy, and here’s how it went. 
“Granddad what’s the worst thing anybody ever said to you?” 
The old man thought carefully for a few seconds.
“Fix bayonets” came the reply, “and I pray to God nobody ever says that to you.”

My goodness. Indeed. 

A fine custommer here, J J Ray collects instances of 'words that offend' and he joined in with some examples.
UK: "Sweaty" is a bad word?
Controversial television personality Katie Hopkins has been cleared by police following a series of tweets that referred to Scots as 'sweaty jocks'. 
The Sun columnist made the comments after Pauline Cafferkey, from Cambuslang, in South Lanarkshire, contracted Ebola.
Ms Cafferkey - who had volunteered with Save the Children at a treatment centre in Kerry Town, in Sierra Leone - was diagnosed with the deadly virus on December 29, after returning to Glasgow via London.
Remarking on the case, Ms Hopkins wrote on Twitter: 'Sending us Ebola bombs in the form of sweaty Glaswegians just isn't cricket.'
Another tweet said: 'Glaswegian ebola patient moved to London's Royal Free Hospital. Not so independent when it matters most are we jocksville?' 
Within hours of the post, James Gilchrist from Glasgow had launched a petition calling for Ms Hopkins to be arrested on the internet.
I am sure a small finger-wag would do, but heck James Gilchrist has his opinion.

UK:  Must not celebrate colonial times

Another self-righteous attempt to erase history
The elite Oxford Union has been accused of 'unforgivable' racism after its bar devised a new 'colonial comeback' cocktail advertised on posters showing a slave in chains.
The decision by the world's most famous debating society, which was discussing whether Britain owes former colonies reparations, has caused widespread revulsion.
Images of the poster advertising the £2.50 mix of brandy, peach schnapps and lemonade, have spread worldwide. 
The incident led to an apology by the Union, whose alumni include Boris Johnson and Tony Blair.
But students at the university are not satisfied claiming it reflects 'deeper' racism and there were protests in the chamber during last night's debate.
Annie Teriba, founder of Oxford’s Black Students’ Union said afterwards: 'Apparently, it's okay to kick back in the union bar relishing in a 'Colonial comeback' cocktail. I am horrified that the Union thinks it's okay to trivialise centuries of oppression and racist violence in the form of a refreshing drink'.
I have better drink suggestions but would not describe any as 'Unforgivable Racism'.  But hey, maybe I should make one.
Australia: "Girly" is a bad word
Another "incorrect" footballer.  In dissatisfaction with his own team's performance, he called it "girly"
OLLIE Wines has come under fire on social media for describing Port Adelaide’s first quarter effort against Melbourne as “girly”.
The flippant remark came during a half-time interview and sparked outrage on Twitter with fans accusing the 20-year-old of being sexist.
“To be honest, that first quarter of football was pretty pathetic by us,” Wines said. “Playing a bit girly and not hitting the ball hard and winning the contested ball.”
Of course, describing a football side as a 'Bunch of Sheilas' in their tight little shorts, is quite in order.

And then there are those occasions where no words are needed at all, to set some neurotic harpy off.
USA: A sexist statue?
Feminists can tell what a statue is saying, apparently.  That must be pretty close to mental illness.  It's neurotic at least
A photo of a sculpture on a Texas college campus has gone viral after it was shared on Twitter and labeled as 'mansplaining'.
Cathy de la Cruz, 34, posted a tweet with the photo of the sculpture, Classmates, writing the caption '#Mansplaining The Statue' after she received the photo from her friend last week.

Hernandez, 34, who attended a high school with de la Cruz that is operated by the Texas university, was taking a teacher's certification test when she saw the sculpture.
She wrote in an email to Women in the World that the sculpture 'just screamed mansplaining'.
Mansplaining is described as when a man tells a woman, while in a condescending manner, how to do something she already knows how to do or tells her she is wrong about something she is actually right about, according to ScienceBlogs.
Nah. Never. Pictures may be better than a thousand words but statues usually say very little. And take notice that the 'complainant' is about to become a teacher !! 

At least she could have complained that he was holding his legs apart. Apparantly that is so offensive to some people that they have fainting fits.

 No doubt it will soon be illegal for a chap to sit at all, let alone have 'parts' that closed legs tend to squash.

Now, that drink. Let me have a ponder. Perhaps you might suggest a mixture.


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