The PC police can go potty, loopy and gaga, but don’t take my ...

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WORD IN THE HAND: CRAZY

The PC police can go potty, loopy and gaga, but don’t take my crazy

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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Feel free to argue, but if you ask me, not much good came out of the 1970s. Not only did the decade give us bell-bottomed jeans and films with long brown silences, it also spawned the term “political correctness”. This was a quest for non-discrimination in which certain approved words were prescribed while words that might cause offence were sent to the place where bad words go. Now we call it “professional offence taking” which means you will be soundly taken to task for suggesting that there is something slightly idiotic about a crowdfunding campaign to send a dwarf to Disneyland.

Sorry, I forgot you can’t say dwarf anymore. But am I allowed to say “idiotic”?

On a site called Whatprivilege.com, which is dedicated to eradicating discrimination by weeding out prejudicial words, I found the term “ableism”. More research turned up “mentalism” (not the sort where you bend spoons and have seances with your neighbour’s dead hamster) and “sanism”...

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