Can we stop referring to offensive terms by calling them the “n – word”; the “r – word”; or any other abbreviated-hyphenated euphemism?
I understand these words are despicable and, lest I not be clear, I’m not advocating their use in our (or anyone else’s) lexicon. But we’re not infants. We’re capable of understanding words in context, and we can decipher when a word is a quote from someone else as opposed to the author’s own thought.
When a columnist writes that someone used the “[letter]-word” it makes me think they are going to follow it with instructions for me to use my “indoor voice.” Or ask me to put on my “big boy” pants before reading any further.
Witness this passage from CNN today:
In a recent interview on Ketchikan Public Radio in Alaska, Rep. Don Young, the state’s only congressman, offered this unhelpful tidbit: “My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wet—- to pick tomatoes. It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.
As only a mainstream infotainment conglomerate can do, the same pious outfit whose sensitivities are offended by the written word, posted a video on the same page that contains full frontal audio of the term…hide the women and children… “wetback.”
We’re inventing new slurs every day, and even formerly acceptable terms are taking on alternate, offensive meanings. How long before news columns look like half-finished games of hang man?
Somebody please make it f-wording stop.