Quote of the day

I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism. P. D. Phyllis Dorothy) James who was born on this day in 1920.

3 Responses to Quote of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    Indeed it is – not only has it thoroughly debased the English language but it has been used to crush dissenters from those who have led the charge in the debasement of Western culture

    Charges of sexism, racism and homophobia have stifled debate on very important matters relating to the future health of our society

    Even a simple thing such as Peter Jackson’s intention to remake “the Dambusters” have come unglued over a single word, The name of a dog that lived and died in the 1940s that can no longer be uttered

    A black dog called “Nigger” – the word having the same root as the names of two modern African Nations – Nigeria and Niger

    It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic

  2. Andrei says:

    The thought police in action

  3. Andrei says:

    Of course int the pythonesque world in which we live even using the word “niggardly” is fraught with peril

    Too bad this word has Anglo Saxon roots while the bad word is derived from Latin and the two have no linguistic connection but are at a stretch homophonic (will this term also attract opprobrium eventually?)

    But there have been several cases of people coming unstuck for using this word in sentences where it serves its intended purpose

    Controversies about the word “niggardly”

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