Well, well, well. the Inclusive Communications Task Force at the Colorado State University has introduced an appropriate language guide and it has deemed the words “America” and “Americans” might prove offensive to some and have discouraged their use on campus. The reason?
“The Americas encompass a lot more than the United States. There is South America, Central America, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean just to name a few of 42 countries in total. That’s why the word “americano” in Spanish can refer to anything on the American continent. Yet, when we talk about “Americans” in the United States, we’re usually just referring to people from the United States. This erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.”
Why do these people hate their own country, enough to discourage the use of the word that describes it? Maybe the government should stop funding studies because the source of cash has links to so much oppression. Will the students be able to order a cafe Americano at the local roaster? Will they have to politely decline telling people where they are from?
Some of the other loony words that are deemed offensive include:
Eye for an eye
Takes the cake
Crazy / Nuts / Maniac / Lunatic / Insane / Deranged / Psycho / Demented / Depressed / OCD
Eenie meenie miney moe
He or She
Ladies or Gentlemen
CM encourages readers to open up the link in the first paragraph to see what they deem as appropriate responses.
Paddy wagon – “Paddy originated in the late 1700s as a shortened form of Patrick and then later a pejorative term for any Irishman. Wagon naturally refers to a vehicle. “Paddy wagon” either stemmed from the large number of Irish police officers or the perception that rowdy, drunken Irishmen constantly ended up in the back of police cars..”
Appropriate word according to CSU is police car.
Perhaps we should celebrate that at the very least formerly oppressed whites are included in CSU’s language guide.
Perhaps there is a real argument for free tertiary education in the US. It’s worth absolutely nothing.