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Whenever political correctness Discount Elavil, fades from the headlines, another example pops up.  The latest installment comes from Washington State Senate President pro tem Rosa Franklin.  She has proposed replacing 54 references to "at risk" or "disadvantaged" children in state law with the term "at hope," so negative labels won't undermine their ability to succeed.

Such encouraging re-labeling simply substitutes one euphemism for another, abandoning even the hope of clarity.  It tries to eliminate language that might hurt anyone's feelings, 20mg Elavil, because as Diane Ravitch put it, Elavil overseas, "advocates for social change have set their sights on controlling reality by changing the way in which it is presented."

Nothing PC is allowed to be negative. Anything that could be construed as evaluative or judgmental must come across as positive. What cannot be made to appear good in other ways must be achieved through verbal contortions, Elavil mexico, trading in words with clear meanings for phrases that enmesh us in ambiguity, Elavil canada, hindering understanding and useful communication.  In fact, even traditional children's alphabet books would fail "at hope" standards.

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A PC alphabet book would have to rely on using soothing phrases to mollify potential objections. Given the vast number of words people find ways to object to, Elavil craiglist, it would be almost impossible. Discount Elavil, But perhaps the following almost-alliterative alphabet of politically correct terms would work. Elavil australia, A can be for Attitudinal Antiquity, which can replace the potentially insulting "old fashioned." B can be for Botanical Bankruptcy, a kinder, 10mg Elavil, gentler way of saying that someone lacks a green thumb. 750mg Elavil, Cranially Constrained can be substituted for stupid and Diplomatically Deprived for rude, so that stupid and rude people won't think you noticed. Euphemistic Enhancements could replace accusations of lying, Elavil coupon.

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We could turn slobs into people who are Organizationally Overburdened, 500mg Elavil, and replace good-looking people (a term which injures the psyches of those who don't think the term extends to them) with those who are Perceptionally Preferenced. Discount Elavil, Complainers can rise to being Quintessentially Querulous, bad dancers to being Rhythmically Repressed, and poor dressers to being Sartorially Stressed. Elavil uk, Being old can be transformed into being Temporally Troubled, "lazy bums" to those who are Ubiquitously Underutilized, and those who can't hold a job can become Vocationally Variable, 150mg Elavil.

W-Z could be left undecided, Elavil japan, to avoid hurting anyone's ego with the implication that they couldn't help society with their own contributions. But with this approach, we could all be at hope to pass PC muster, Elavil india. Unfortunately, 30mg Elavil, at first, none of us will know what anyone else is saying. And when we do figure out the latest replacements for hurtful expressions mean, Elavil us, people will get just as upset as they did before. Then we'll have to change them all over again, and still more convoluted vocabulary will be necessary. CRO

copyright 2010 Gary Galles

Mr. Galles is a professor of economics at Pepperdine University..

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