Better learn the new wokabulary – cancel culture just ruined ...


Better learn the new wokabulary – cancel culture just ruined Scrabble

When virtue signalling is the top-scoring term of the day, we’ve stopped progressing and started regressing

Celia Walden

It was only a matter of time until Scrabble was branded “offensive”. The most priggish board game in history does involve words, after all – and right now words are more loaded and dangerous than an AR-15.

A complete cancellation of the elements of speech and writing that have allowed us to communicate and evolve since circa 3,400BC seems to be the endgame. And with estate agents now banned from using the term “master bedroom”, “manholes” generally agreed to be sexist, and even the word “woman” considered problematic (just ask JK Rowling), it might be easier to do away with words altogether.

We could then return to the use of hieroglyphics (or emoji, as they’re now called), and reduce every human expression and emotion to either a flamenco-dancing woman or a sad face. But if we’re ever to reach that zenith of civilisation, we’re going to have to gradually erode our language...

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