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The Most Politically Incorrect Words of 2006

I saw this at Hot Air and had to pass it on. It's frightening that people get their panties in a bunch about these kinds of things, especially numbers four through six:

4. Flip Chart. The term can be offensive to Filipinos, please use 'writing block'.

5. 1a and 1b -- The headmistress of a grade school in Midlothian (Scotland) had to split a grade into two equal classes. Though the split was purely alphabetical, parents objects because those with children in '1b' feared they may be perceived as academically inferior to those in '1a'.

6. Politically Incorrect Colors -- Staff at a coffee shop in Glasgow refused to serve a customer who had ordered a 'black coffee', believing it to be 'racist.' He wasn't served until he changed his order to 'coffee without milk'. Around the world we have reports of the word 'black' becoming emotionally charged and politically correct or incorrect depending upon one's point of view.

Flip chart is offensive to Filipinos? Ugh.


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Just wondering...where is t... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Just wondering...where is the evidence that flip chart was deemed derogatory by a person or group?...I tried to find a news article on it and could not...as for the other stuff..ah being an American this talks about Scotland...I would hope that this is a dig at that country and that their PC does not apply to our good old USA....

Here's an amusing PC occura... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Here's an amusing PC occurance I've noticed at Mass: During the Nicene Creed when we come to the part where we recite "....for us and our salvation, He came down from Heaven and became Man"....Half the congregation replaces "man" with "flesh", so you get this weird, almost humorous rumbling of "man flesh" during the recitation! LOL

Now why, when every word in the Creed says "Father", "He" and "begottens of the Fathers", etc, would you all of a sudden go replace that word "Man" with "flesh"? Totally silly...and darn hard to keep from chuckling in Mass!

So a "black tie" formal wou... (Below threshold)

So a "black tie" formal would be? A "black eye"? "black & blue"?

if they get offened at that, then just flip them off.....oops....

I now order my coffee "stra... (Below threshold)

I now order my coffee "straight up". Just because.

Re: 1a and 1b How ma... (Below threshold)

Re: 1a and 1b
How many states (Illinois is one) have football play off systems for clases A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA, etc.?

Nobody wants to be Class B

Peter,I'm not sure... (Below threshold)


I'm not sure that what your hearing is political correctness. The Nicene is written differently depending on a few things, and I've heard it alternately as:

"For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven and became flesh; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man."

"For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man."

This dates back to the original Creed of Nicaea in 325, the flesh part was edited out by the Council of Constantinople in 381. The "became flesh" part comes from John 1:14, in that Jesus is the Word, and the Word became flesh, and through the HS and Mary was made man. I have never heard the creed without the "and was made man" part. Isn't it possible the congregation you're hearing is simply a mix of people who know the creed slightly differently and it gets muddled when they say it collectively? If not, it would be surprising as I think I would have heard about it if there was a movement afoot to change the wording of the creed. Just sayin...

On that note, isn't it interesting that while one of the most annoying things about political correctness is the tendency among some to find something offensive in almost anything they hear (niggardly, for instance), there is now a tendency on the flipside to point out political correctness run amok when it isn't there at all?

I've had the "black coffee"... (Below threshold)

I've had the "black coffee" complaint while ordering in Philly, from another customer, not the server.
My answer: I like my coffee the way I like my women: strong, black and hot.

Peter,I agree with M... (Below threshold)

I agree with Mantis. I've seen the NC translated a number of different ways. Depending on your faith, it may not be PC-BS.
I know in the Catholic Church, we have one official NC for all English speaking members. But it is differnt than that used my my non-Catholic relatives.
So, if your faith has an official version, then some in your congregation may be PC, they may just be ignorant of the facts, or some of both.
Or you could be one of them loosey-goosey Friends :)

mantis:Isn't it... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:


Isn't it possible the congregation you're hearing is simply a mix of people who know the creed slightly differently and it gets muddled when they say it collectively?

I'd say almost certainly so! The confusion may occur when the assistant priest on the weekend, using the second alternate Creed phrasing you cited above, replaces "man" with "flesh". So he says "For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made flesh." (The pastor uses "man" so this HAS to be where the confusion is coming from.)

Nah, I don't think it's any kind of concerted movement to be PC; just more of, well, an unconscious PC slip of the tongue, as best as I can describe it.

All the same, after the Creed I usually lean over to my wife and whisper "man flesh" which makes her giggle...and which is quickly followed by a chuckling "stop it!" by her.

I can't wait till these pan... (Below threshold)

I can't wait till these pansies can't talk to each other out of fear they might say something offensive that would upset their 'sensabilities'. It would seem that the day it occurs is rapidly approaching if they get twisted over the word 'black'. Does this mean I can get up in their face when they say 'white', 'red', or any othe damn color? Whatta bunch of maroons.

I would think that "flesh" ... (Below threshold)

I would think that "flesh" would be an older version, like saying "Holy Ghost" instead of "Holy Spirit" or "forgive our trespasses" instead of "forgive our sins" or "catholic" instead of leaving out the word altogether because it gets confused with "Catholic."

In some ways I think chosing clearer words is a shame because I think it makes us able to think in more complex ways to have a working knowledge of the progression of the meaning of words and how they used to be used.

I had a woman complain to m... (Below threshold)

I had a woman complain to me about using "black" to describe, well, a black-painted iron pipe.

I thought she was joking, but when I finally figured out she was serious, I told her she was certainly "differently sane." She didn't get it.

Does this mean that if the ... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

Does this mean that if the Boston Red Sox moved to the Philippines we could not refer to them as the "Manila Folders" come every September?

I like my coffe like I like... (Below threshold)

I like my coffe like I like my women...

without milk.

<a href="http://ta... (Below threshold)
Being politically correct has its occasional problems. For instance, this correction in the July 21 Fresno Bee: "An item in Thursday's Nation Digest about the Massachusetts budget crisis made reference to new taxes that will help put Massachusetts 'back into the African American.' That item should have said 'back in the black.'"
It's no wonder the rest of ... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

It's no wonder the rest of the world thinks we are a decadent society. Most of them are trying to figure out where their next meal is comming from, and we sit around and agrue over which words are OK to use. If Jesse Jackson wants to be called an African American, then it seems to me that "black coffee" is allowable.

How idiotic. I drink my co... (Below threshold)
Bob Jones:

How idiotic. I drink my coffee BLACK, no fricking non-fat soy lattes with cinnamon and nutmeg. Sheesh, I'm sure NUTMEG has got to offend someone.

It's getting so very pathetic. Offended people can kiss my angry while male butt for all I care.

I had a boss who actually t... (Below threshold)
Brian The Adequate:

I had a boss who actually thought that Black Beard the Pirate was a racial slur.

The weird part is that me, the 1/2 German 1/2 European mutt, would spend most of the summer with a skin tone several shades darker than his.

This is whacked:<a... (Below threshold)

This is whacked:


From the website: "Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP is an internationally recognized speaker, performance improvement consultant, and author with more than twenty five years experience in the public and private sectors...She works with Fortune 500 companies as well as several professional associations, and non-profit organizations."

Translated: She actually gets paid for this crap.

So does referring to Lenora... (Below threshold)

So does referring to Lenora Billings-Harris, as a decent broad, and a nice cup of brown suga, make me developmentally challenged?!
Screw all PC clowns, if they get offended that's THEIR problem. boo hoooo

Can I be pi^%ed off if some... (Below threshold)

Can I be pi^%ed off if someone calls me an "old man"? After all I am only 71. But then I guess that does seem old to someone that is still wet behind the ears.

I now order my coffee "s... (Below threshold)
Tom Cruise:

I now order my coffee "straight up". Just because.

I find that offensive.

I've never understood why B... (Below threshold)

I've never understood why Blacks want to be called African-American. I've never looked at the color of their skin and wondered if maybe they were from Iceland. It's pretty obvious that somebody with black skin originated from Africa. It's the same with Asian-American, the almond eyes are usually a dead give-a-way. You don't hear white people saying that they are European-American do you? Maybe Italian-american, but Italy is a country not a continent. Shouldn't we therefore call people Zimbabwian-Americans or Namibian-American?

Of course, being called a European-American is taboo. European-American are the eviliest race there is. We killed the Indians (I mean Native-Americans), we're bigots and homophobes and who knows what else. Anybody would be ashamed to be called a European-American. All the other hyphen Americans hate them.

Yet, the African-Americans, Asian-Americans and all others are at one time or another European-Americans and there isn't any way they can get out of it. Like it or not, they are what they hate.

Don't believe it? Next time you're at a restaurant, and an African-American goes to the restroom, follow him. Yessir, there you can tell him, "Hey, buddy, European-American"

I like my coffee the same w... (Below threshold)

I like my coffee the same way I like my
Jack Daniel's:


I got the can't say "Flip C... (Below threshold)

I got the can't say "Flip Chart" briefing in the Air Force back when I was still an Airman. So...20 something years ago? You all never heard that before?

In today's age, political c... (Below threshold)

In today's age, political correctness is plain dumb. No one can do or say anything without supposedly offending someone else. It's politics at it's worst. Even Christmas has lost it's fun these days just in case it offends those who are not Christian. I'm not Christian but have always loved Christmas especially the buildup to it. Just a thought.
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all.

No offence to our Fillipino... (Below threshold)

No offence to our Fillipino friends all over the world, but what does a Flip Chart mean?

PS: I love my coffee BLACK! and WHITE and BROWN and YELLOW (so long as it's female!)

No offence to our Fillip... (Below threshold)

No offence to our Fillipino friends all over the world, but what does a Flip Chart mean?

It's a big pad of paper, about two feet by three feet, on an easel, that you draw on for presentations and such.






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