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    Re: Watch your language in Berkeley, California

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    Like I said, not at all. It's hilarious.
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    Re: Watch your language in Berkeley, California

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    If you ever visit that university town, do be careful with gender-neutral words.

    According to an article posted at my favorite website (the Drudge Report), that city wants you to say "maintenance hole" for "manhole" and "human effort" for "manpower."

    It also reminds you to use "their" instead of "his," as in "Everyone should bring their book tomorrow." To be fair, I have noticed that most Americans already do that. In fact, some really "woke" speakers will say (even when speaking to an audience of both men and women): "I would appreciate it if everyone would bring her book tomorrow to class." (In other words, it is considered terrible to continue to use "his" as the gender-neutral pronoun, but some people feel it is fine to use "her" as a gender-neutral pronoun.)

    No wonder some of our foreign friends find the English language so difficult to master.
    And don't call homosexuals "dummasses" but you can call them by the appropriate gender-neutral term "numbasses."

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    Re: Watch your language in Berkeley, California

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    If you ever visit that university town, do be careful with gender-neutral words.

    According to an article posted at my favorite website (the Drudge Report), that city wants you to say "maintenance hole" for "manhole" and "human effort" for "manpower."

    It also reminds you to use "their" instead of "his," as in "Everyone should bring their book tomorrow." To be fair, I have noticed that most Americans already do that. In fact, some really "woke" speakers will say (even when speaking to an audience of both men and women): "I would appreciate it if everyone would bring her book tomorrow to class." (In other words, it is considered terrible to continue to use "his" as the gender-neutral pronoun, but some people feel it is fine to use "her" as a gender-neutral pronoun.)

    No wonder some of our foreign friends find the English language so difficult to master.
    If I have to go to Berkeley I will be doomed. Not only am I a one-woman wrecking crew when it comes to most forms of political correctness--I simply refuse to be bullied that way--but I took a lot of English in high school and college. To deliberately use the wrong pronoun or a strained substitute for a common object is just not in my wheelhouse of what is comfortable for me. Oh well. I really hadn't planned to go there and their dictates don't make it at all appealing.

    You guys of all genders come to Albuquerque where women aren't so sensitive as to need special pronouns or special names for things lest their fragile sensibilities be in some way wounded.
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    Re: Watch your language in Berkeley, California

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    Yeah. Totally buying it.
    I guess you take this **** seriously? "Maintenance hole" for "manhole"? Either one reminds me of a vagina.
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    Re: Watch your language in Berkeley, California

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    Re: Watch your language in Berkeley, California

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    Re: Watch your language in Berkeley, California

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    Re: Watch your language in Berkeley, California

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahlevah View Post
    I thought these word police were done forty years ago: postal carrier (mailman), flight attendant (steward, stewardess), server (waiter, waitress) crewmember (crewman), fascist (policeman)....
    I don't think language ever stops evolving, though...because we never stop evolving, and language is simply an expression of who we are. As a society, not just America but around the world, we appear to be trying to move in a particular direction. There are always the folks who don't get that bitching and moaning about it simply ensures they are left behind.

    Not saying it's great, not saying it's right, lots of folks I'd enjoy a beer with get left behind, grumbling about things they cannot change... just … it is what it is.
    Life's too short...

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    Re: Watch your language in Berkeley, California

    I think the EPA needs to conduct an extensive battery of tests of Berkeley's water supply, because no large group of people can be this ****ing insane by simple chance.

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