americorps wrote:Generally, when one says politicized or politically correct, that is code for not wanting to be respectful.
When I was growing up, it was more simple, My grandma called it good manors.
To say something that belittle someone or catagorizes them, or hurts them, when there are plenty of other ways to say the same thing without inflicting pain is simply manors. Those opposed are ill manored, not independent.
In Peru, it is great becuase they are NOT words oft used to make one feel bad, they are just descriptives.
Every group of friends has a gordo, a chato, etc.
In different countries, Gringo means different things. In mexico, for example, it is a negative word, in Peru, it is just a descriptive.
I agree with you to a point, as people can choose to take what they want to take from another person's words and by having a cultural agreement not to use terms that could be deemed derogatory, we avoid unnecessary offence. There is definitely an advantage to having language politicised, however, it's possible to argue that it has become unnecessarily restrictive.
In business, you can see this at all levels, where nobody wants to be a salesman, they want to be a sales executive. Nobody wants to be a manager, they want to be a vice president. In general, words are only offensive if as a culture we decide to make them so and this is the problem. This year's neologism could easily be turned into an offensive word if people start to use it in that way.
By the way, not wishing to be offensive, as that is what this thread is all about, a manor is a large house or estate.