Sunday Funny: diversity training via the government
I’m right there with you on the words area a powerful thing, and I believe we all need to be more aware of the language we use. That said, I wonder aloud if the government is ‘sensitive’…and the answer to that is an affirmative yeah-no!
Reported in the UK Daily Mail Online, there are phrases the US state department suggests are offensive and should immediately be removed from employees’ vocabulary. Included are ‘going Dutch’ which concludes one is cheap if s/he is from the Netherlands, and ‘rule of thumb’ is offensive to women all across the world”… because the phrase derives from ‘an antiquated law, whereby the width of a husband’s thumb was the legal size of a switch of rod allowed to beat his wife…’”
I didn’t know that one…so I’ll agree with them, remove it! More of the state department’s ideas…
Michelle Malkin has a great article on the above issued decree…check out her stab at it here.
NY City Dept. of Education is waging war er, um can’t say that word, waging a campaign, so far so good… on offensive words, including dancing, divorce and disease, but Mercedes is ok. Read the full list of 50 + ‘potentially offensive’ words…
clipart from office.com