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Topic: Is "poor" politically incorrect?
Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 3:41:13 PM
Unfortunately the English language is being sterilized of many meaningful and legitimate words, all to serve some groups' agendas. Poor is a perfectly suitable word to describe someone of limited financial means. I think it's safe to say most poor people are already quite aware of their being poor, so where is the offense? Perhaps the more offensive action here is editors and politicians carefully crafting sentences and altering meaningful statements so as to dilute the reality of what is being said. Does it better serve society to pretend there are no social problems? Please notice my the use of the word 'problem' instead of the more acceptable and less meaningful word 'issue' that is floating around so many boardrooms these days. Does it make your widget any less defective if it has an issue instead of a problem? Perhaps things would be corrected more quickly if Gary or Gail in R&D was told there's a serious problem with the design of something rather than using diluted euphemistic words like 'challenges' and 'issues.' The Tacoma Narrows bridge had a problem. There's nothing offensive about that, it's an accurate statement. Society would benefit from more clarity and less dilution and distraction in our daily language.