George Orwell called it.
In his book Animal Farm, in which all animals are equal but some are more equal than others, and 1984, in which language is increasingly vetted to obstruct critical thought, Orwell predicted today’s zeitgeist to perfection. Join us as we examine some of the politically correct Newspeak used today to stifle any thought before it deviates from the party line or blunt messages for fear of offending.
Used in the industrial sense, “plant” evokes kinder, gentler connotations that “factory.” See, factory conjures images of a chain-gang of twelve year-old chimney sweeps, scraping carcinogenic encrustations from the inside of soot-belching smokestacks.
Plant, on the other hand, puts in mind growth, and a caring workplace in which human rights are respected and only ecologically-friendly goods (never “products”, oh no) are hand-woven from love and renewable natural resources. So yeah, delight in the presence of a viridian green, enviro-friendly tank plant in your back yard, people.
Oh boy, here’s a term that sets everyone’s threat-level to Defcon 1. Let’s all just calm down to a hysterical panic and examine it rationally, as scientists in a lab might pick up some radioactive substance with a robotic hand.
To be accurate, “Black American” really makes much more sense. See, not all Africans are black – something you’d know that if you’d ever traveled to Africa. For instance, you couldn’t rightly call an Egyptian immigrant to the U.S. an African American if the term means black.
This misleading term is actually inaccurate to the many, many cultures in Africa, and logically due to that ought to be dropped. White Americans deathly afraid of causing offense to black Americans are even helping keep it alive. Maybe they should recognize that if being called “white” is acceptable, then “black” should be fine too.
Having respect for other people in your heart, mind, and actions is more important than any word.
It’s just not kosher to call people who break the law by trespassing across borders “illegal aliens.” No sir, that’d imply they’re actually, you know, breaking the law, or not citizens of the nations they’re sneaking into.
So instead, we get this little gem of obfuscation, which implies criminals are simply the victims of a bureaucratic foul-up. Poor criminals. Let’s build schools and houses for them.
And yeah, maybe speaking plainly on this issue ruffles the feathers of some folks. But the law is the law. Once you start making excuses for breaking the law and finding “special cases,” how can you expect anyone else to stick to it?
Script-kiddies and their “epic failz” aside, it takes maturity to admit when you’ve failed at something. And yeah, the coddling kids’ books have it that failure’s nothing to be ashamed of ‘cause no one’s 100% successful… That’s technically true, but if no one felt bad when they failed and good when they succeeded, no one would do a damn thing to make things better.
So yeah, when you feel like crap ‘cause you failed, let that crap-feeling be the incentive to learn how to do it right next time. Don’t puss out of it by not facing it head on by using weasel words like “deferred success.” Refusing to face things and learn from them only ensures more failure.
Street Activity Index
Ever encounter people who have to touch wood after mentioning a bad future possibility? Like if you mention something bad that could happen, they get uncomfortable because “talking about it tempts the gods.” Yeah, well that’s the same kinda superstition that motivates people to use terms like “street activity index.”
I’m sure some of them really believe that not calling crime “crime” is going to help someone. Yeah, sure. Maybe if we use really nice and sensitive terms to describe rapists and murderers, they’ll stop raping and murdering, huh? We all know hardened criminals break down in tears and reform themselves if someone just uses nicey-nice terms and takes the time to really connect to their unhappy inner children.
If anything, this mealy-mouthed term is more insensitive than straight “crime.” Does anyone really believe crime only happens on the mean streets, never in penthouse suites or corporate boardrooms? Terms like these would – and does – shift the focus away from some of the biggest criminals in politics and business, and instead focuses on coddling those poor “victims of society” thronging the sidewalks. Nice try, but go sell bullshit somewhere else.
Previously Owned Vehicle
If you think this is the lowest a used car salesman will go in playing fast and loose with the truth, enjoy your new $500,000 Yugo.
Negative Patient Care Outcome
Yeah, even doctors and nurses who deal with suffering, pain, and death daily must pander to the softening collective mind.
We get it, death is not a fun topic. But hey, it happens. You can either live in fear of it to the point that all the passion is leeched out your life, or you can deal. You and everyone you love are going to die, not matter what you like to call it. Ditch the euphemisms and get real, because reality’s all we’ve got.
Any PC words you use to cover up the truth?