The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Political Correctness

Sunday, 29th November 2015

Scared quotes, n.

Pronunciation: /skɛːd kwəʊts/
Etymology: scared adj. + quotes n., on the model of scare quotes n.

Quotation marks used to foreground a particular word or phrase, esp. with the intention of disassociating the user from the expression because he is scared of having to stand up for it.

Friday, 17th July 2015

Politicians from both parties seem agreed on the fact that this agglomeration which calls itself Islamic State is neither Islamic, nor a state. I hope they are right thus to Voltairianise.

Thursday, 30th April 2015

An email from TfL about Brixton tube station: ‘The station now has improved ticket machines, offering guidance in 17 languages’.

At last!

Monday, 27th April 2015

I keep coming across the phrase Anglo-Saxon Capitalism, and looking it up find that it is an established political term. It denotes

A system of capitalism characterized by extensive market coordination by economic actors and relatively neutral patterns of governmental market regulation aimed at maintaining property right institutions without privileging particular social actors. (The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics)

I believe the phrase to be a slur against my communally minded ancestors. David Starkey began his Monarchy series by saying of the Anglo-Saxons,

This was a community without sharp social distinctions, and a people without kings. […] Nothing [in the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village] suggests that anyone was much more important than anyone else. We’re a long way, here, from the exalted autocracy of the Roman Empire, with its huge gap between rich and poor. Instead, the folk of West Stow […] seem to have been, essentially, an egalitarian people…

As an Anglo-Saxon socialist, I feel deeply offended by the term Anglo-Saxon Capitalism, and therefore believe that it should be consigned to the ashcan of politically incorrect history, along with the likes of Eskimo, chairman, and you’re going to feel a little prick.

Sunday, 21st December 2014

Inappropriate, adj.

Pronunciation: /ɪnəˈprəʊprɪət/
Etymology: < in prefix + appropriate adj.

1. Unsuitable to the particular case or circumstances. Const. to, for.
2. In later use: in a vague sense offensive, hurtful, etc., app. in every case and all circumstances. Usu. unconst.

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