Congress Should Demand a Registry of Nationally Approved Words

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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A naughty word can get you in deep do-do these days. It may even get you banned for life. Even if there is no proof that you uttered it.

Oh, I’m not speaking of George Carlin’s famous 1972 skit, “The Seven words you can never say on Television.” Those, by today’s ever-devolving standards, are relative tame, and from I’ve heard, at least five have made it into many an Americans’ everyday vernacular.

No, I’m talking about really offensive words and phrases. Words like the other ‘F’ word – as in f*g, rhymes with gag. Or the ‘G’ word – as in g*y – rhymes with hay. I guess we’re allowed to say that. But beware to use it only to express something positive, for telling a classmate that their outfit looks “so gay” can and will get you suspended. Context is key.

And then there is the granddaddy of them all – the ‘N’ word. As we know, this is an especially caustic term. And I agree. It’s an awful word, which should never be used – by anyone. But yet it is – and quite often. It’s quite common to hear one black man use the ‘N’ word when speaking to another black man. So common has it become, that it seems almost requisite to use the term in rap and hip-hop music, videos and film. I guess the use of it is supposed to make the user feel like a bad mo-fo, and not a woefully ignorant moron.

But it’s just a word, like the millions of others we use. That may be, but don’t get caught being white and using the ‘N’ word. That one word, as well as other terms to describe blacks derogatorily can get you thrown out of a sports stadium and banned for life. read more

Going to College? – Become a Mute

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It’s a very exciting time for some kids. Many children have already begun to pack up to leave home for the first time and head off to college. In about three weeks or so, kids from all over will begin to move out of the house and into the dorms at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), in Durham New Hampshire.

Hopefully the children are ready for the change from home life to campus life, but I doubt it, unless they have already received and memorized from cover to cover the “UNH Bias-Free Language Guide.”

If the students have not already done this, they had better get to it, for things could get uncomfortable on campus for the unindoctrinated.

The guide’s indoctrination begins immediately, without even a welcoming message.

Under the heading, “Language as Leadership,” the guide says, “Language has been described as complicated, intriguing and beautiful. Benjamin Lee Whorf said, ‘Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.’ Some writers have commented on language as the biggest barrier to human progress…”

Right away we can see where this is going. Language, is in fact the way most people express thoughts, not the opposite, and it “determines what we can think about?” What?! Actually it appears that the thought and language police will determine what students “think about.” And language isn’t a barrier to progress, but is the biggest barrier to the continuity of community and country. But I’m sure were not supposed to broach that topic on campus. read more