Posted by Mike on May 04, 2000 at 19:01:39:
In Reply to: Re: the C-Word posted by Yeah you're right. on May 04, 2000 at 12:44:24:
Yes but there is a whole issue here re: balancing Peoples right's not to be offended with other people's rights of free expression.
Personally I can never understand why given all the bad things that happen in the world a few harmless words in the English language seem to upset people so much.
You have in Ireland the ridiculous situation where a 17 year old cannot legally watch the Film "South Park" (whereas In NI a 15 year old can) because it contains a few words that polite society deems to be somehow "bad". This despite the fact that these words are part of the normal schoolyard vocabulary of virtually all kids above the age of six.
There is another word commonly used to describe a disagreeable person. The original meaning of the word was to describe a person born outside of the institution of marriage but despite the large number of people born nowadays in this way ive never heard anyone suggest that it is somehow Un-PC or offensive to this group of people to use this word. This is because most people understand the what a person means when they use this word and understand that it is not intended to cause offence to anyone other than those directly targeted (If you know what I mean)
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