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    Re: Army expresses surprise about racism allegations over deleted tweet Share on Face

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo Rodeo View Post
    What if the headline had said "Army considers new slant in strategy"... Slant is a euphemism for Vietnamese. Is that word forever ruined now due to sensitivity?
    Yeah, this PC crap will ruin the nation....
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    Re: Army expresses surprise about racism allegations over deleted tweet Share on Face

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo Rodeo View Post
    What if the headline had said "Army considers new slant in strategy"... Slant is a euphemism for Vietnamese. Is that word forever ruined now due to sensitivity?
    Good point. Though I don't think euphamism means what you think it means.

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    Re: Army expresses surprise about racism allegations over deleted tweet Share on Face

    Quote Originally Posted by BrewerBob View Post
    Good point. Though I don't think euphamism means what you think it means.
    eu·phe·mism
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    noun
    a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.

    Racial epithets are euphemism's by default when speaking of another person's race itself is considered insulting (as in, referring to a another race in a disparaging manner), immediately translating into an insult itself.
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    Re: Army expresses surprise about racism allegations over deleted tweet Share on Face

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo Rodeo View Post
    eu·phe·mism
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    a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.

    Racial epithets are euphemism's by default when speaking of another person's race itself is considered insulting (as in, referring to a another race in a disparaging manner), immediately translating into an insult itself.
    I never would have considered a racial slur to be the less harsh choice or more mild alternative. Slant is certainly harsher than Vietnamese. The N word is certainly harsher than Black. Maybe I am misinterpreting it, though.

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    Re: Army expresses surprise about racism allegations over deleted tweet Share on Face

    I think people like to raise a stink over words like this because it gives them power. It clearly was not used in a racist way and it's a word with a common meaning apart from the slur. We need to stop caving into PC nonsense like this.
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    Re: Army expresses surprise about racism allegations over deleted tweet Share on Face

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    LOL - the two options are 'chink' in the armor or 'kink' in the armor. Not many choices, there.

    Now I favor 'kink' in the armor - that, where I grew up, was how we said it . . . but 'chink' works just as well for that phrase. Aside that, kink is as sex term - something that only took on new meaning when I got older.

    I really hate how people tend to skew every single thing toward 'racism' when it has nothing to do with it. As far as I know - there is no alternative that would have gotten the message across. If there is, by all means, these racist-screamers need to implement it and stop being a chink in the chain.
    But if you use kink they will think you are a sexual deviant...
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    Re: Army expresses surprise about racism allegations over deleted tweet Share on Face

    If these problems are from budget cutbacks does that make them niggardly chinks?

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    Re: Army expresses surprise about racism allegations over deleted tweet Share on Face

    Quote Originally Posted by BrewerBob View Post
    I never would have considered a racial slur to be the less harsh choice or more mild alternative. Slant is certainly harsher than Vietnamese. The N word is certainly harsher than Black. Maybe I am misinterpreting it, though.
    If you considered the Vietnamese monsters, then "slant" was probably the safe go-to word in homogeneous groups. It's all a matter of perspective.

    I mean, when we think of legal or medical terms now, those were euphemisms themselves once upon a time. For example, vagina in Latin means "sheath"; anus means "ring".
    "Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. . . . Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."
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