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14102002 Political correctness Classwork essay Choose five words that are seen as politically incorrect and explain the issues they raise Discuss how significant you think political correctness is in language The Five politically incorrect words I have nominated are coon nigger gay handycapped and Raghead I will introduce my essay with all the certain types of political correctness and their cardinal importance throughout the twentieth century Some of the most loaded words in the English language are those associated with the way society talks about itself and especially about groups of people whom it perceives to be disadvantaged or oppressed The most sensitive domains are to do with race gender sexual orientation ecology religion and physical or mental personal development During the 1980san increasing number of people became concerned to eradicate what they saw to be prejudice especially language prejudice in these areas The label racialist was already known from the return of the century and racist from the 1930s Followed by a series of other -ist terms that focussed on real or imagined areas of linguistic discrimination Many of the critics were members of progressive or activist groups eg Advocates of minority rights especially in universities and thus as the movement grew attracting hard line extremists alongside moderates it drew down upon itself in the antagonism of conservative academics and journalists By the 1990s this hard-line linguistic orthodoxy was being referred to Pejoratively as political correctness PC Anyone that used vocabulary held to be Politically incorrect risked severe condemnation by PC activists Organizations fearful of public criticism and litigation went out of their way to avoid using language which might be constructed as offensive The word black for example was felt to be so sensitive that some banned its use in all possible contexts Including such instances as blackboard and the black pieces in chess Mentally handicapped people were to become people with learning difficulties Disabled people were to
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