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Dec 29 2020

Harvard Replaces “Women” With “Birthing People”

Moonbat rot goes all the way to the top. It would be hard to imagine a more prestigious institution than Harvard Medical School, or a more basic medical concept than the fact that only women can bear children. Yet Harvard first evaded that fact by using the euphemism “birthing people” for women, then directly attacked reality by implying that some women are not women.

Naturally this came up in the context of exhorting us to weep for the allegedly oppressed:

Globally, whites are a minority — and a shrinking one. But white “birthing people” should not hold their breath waiting to receive their equitable share of treasured oppressed status.

Even now, liberal lunacy sometimes encounters ridicule. Harvard pushes back by explaining itself:

By Harvard’s own logic, its euphemism for women fails. If women are not women because they might identify as men, then birthing people are not people, because they might identify as dogs or cats.

Nonetheless, you had better delete the word “women” from your copy of the Newspeak Dictionary. No sense risking cancelation when it is relatively easy to go along and say “birthing people” instead.

Harvard is at war not only with biology, but also with math:

Biology, math, and all other disciplines are to be condensed into one: moonbattery.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Breitbart.

Dec 24 2020

Major Newspeak Dictionary Revision From University of Michigan

The “Words Matter Task Force” of University of Michigan’s Information and Technology Services has issued a major revision to the Newspeak Dictionary. The following terms are noninclusive and therefore forbidden:

-men-, -man-
blacklist/whitelist
black-and-white thinking
brown bag
crack the whip
crazy, insane
crippled
disabled
dummy
gender-neutral he or she
grandfathered (in)
gypped/jipped
handicapped
girl/gal, boy/guy
guys/gals (e.g., Hi guys!)
honey, sweetheart, sweetie
long time, no see
low man on the totem pole
master/slave
native
off the reservation
picnic
preferred pronouns
privileged account
sanity check
sold down the river

As noted,

This list is not exhaustive and will continue to grow.

The speech police conveniently provide alternate expressions that are not yet off limits, such as “gathering” in place of the forbidden word “picnic.”

Banning the term “off the reservation” is particularly appropriate, considering the importance to the moonbat ruling class of keeping everyone on the reservation, particularly sacred minorities, whose rejection of their patronizing ideology would cause it to collapse.

Progressives take their name from their incremental approach, which allows them to avoid resistance on the principle that a frog will not jump out of a pot before it boils if you turn the heat up gradually. Otherwise, they would skip to the chase, and ban all words immediately. The only vocabulary we will need when utopia has been achieved is bleats of approval for our enlightened liberal rulers.

Hat tip: College Fix.

Dec 11 2020

Dictionary.com Politicizes Definition of Court-Packing

When the Supreme Court put up resistance to the New Deal, Franklin Roosevelt threatened to pack it with as many puppet justices as necessary to approve of his leftist transgressions against the Constitution. Now the Democrat Party has been radicalized as never before. It hopes to exploit COVID-19 as FDR exploited the Great Depression. Once again, it has threatened to pack the Supreme Court to eliminate resistance to an unconstitutional agenda. When liberty-loving Americans objected, the likes of Dick Durbin, Mazie Hirono, Chris Coons, and Joe Biden responded with the absurd but well-coordinated talking point that Republicans pack the court by appointing conservatives to fill vacancies.

This redefinition of the term court-packing is now official Newspeak, thanks to the apparatchiks at Dictionary.com. Just as Merriam-Webster leapt to redefine “sexual preference” and “racism” for nakedly politically reasons, Dictionary.com has perverted the definition of court-packing to make it easier for Democrats to employ this tactic if Georgia lets them take control of the Senate.

Most of us use words to communicate. Democrats and their enablers use them to dissimulate.

Until last month, Dictionary.com defined court-packing like this:

1 an unsuccessful attempt by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937 to appoint up to six additional justices to the Supreme Court, which had invalidated a number of his New Deal laws.

Now the primary definition reads like this:

1 the practice of changing the number or composition of judges on a court, making it more favorable to particular goals or ideologies, and typically involving an increase in the number of seats on the court:
Court packing can tip the balance of the Supreme Court toward the right or left.

The sample sentence underscores that they are using a familiar liberal tactic: claim everybody does it. However, the right consists of conservatives, and one of the main things conservatives want to conserve is our system of government, which will be seriously undermined if Democrats destroy the independent judiciary. Another thing that should be conserved is the integrity of language.

1984 isn’t the only work of British literature that liberals use as an instruction manual. Sometimes they rely on Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass:

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’

Progressives have made it clear lately that they intend to be masters.

Hat tips: Legal Insurrection, J. D. Graham.

Dec 02 2020

Newspeak Dictionary Purge

A major purge of the Newspeak Dictionary has been announced:

Students at Manchester University have demanded that the word “black” when used as a negative expression such as the word “blackmail” should be banned because it is “divisive.”

Woke militants who insist on framing every aspect of existence in the context of their Cultural Marxist ideology, the purpose of which is turn people against each other mainly on the basis of race, cannot stand for anything to be divisive.

“Blackmail” isn’t the only word to be deleted in this purge:

[T]he university’s student union demanded that “any other use of the word ‘black’ as an adjective to express negative connotations” should be banned in research papers, lecture slides, and books published by professors.

Rather than banning the many words and phrases with negative connotations that include the syllable “black,” it would be easier to forbid us from calling blacks “blacks.” This will happen anyway, for the same reason we are no longer allowed to say “Negro” unless referring to the United Negro College Fund.

Briefly, it was sufficient to capitalize “Black” to express obsequiousness, but then people started capitalizing “White” for consistency, contra Associated Press, defeating the purpose. Making us call blacks something other than “blacks” will reinforce that the social engineers can bend everyone’s language to their will.

“African Americans” is a suitable replacement term. It is of dubious accuracy, since most American blacks don’t even have an ancestor who has set foot in Africa in the past 200 years, and blacks in Europe are neither African nor American. Also, at seven syllables, it is too long to be spoken naturally. Merely pronouncing the term demonstrates a willingness to engage in absurdity out of deference to political correctness.

But before they can forbid us to call blacks “blacks,” they must forbid us to say “blackmail,” “blacklist,” “black sheep,” “black hole,” et cetera, ad nauseam. Then they will forbid us from using any term that casts the word “white” in a positive light (e.g., “white lie,” “white knight”). Only after these proscriptions have been imposed will the term “African American” be made mandatory. This will allow for maximum imposition on the way we talk.

Oct 21 2020

Firefox Confirms Newspeak Dictionary Update

Mozilla was quick to force out its CEO Brendan Eich when he was exposed as having donated money to defend marriage. No one must question its commitment to political correctness. That’s why Firefox no longer offers a master password.

The Firefox support page “Use a Master Password to protect stored logins and passwords” now redirects to “Use a Primary Password to protect stored logins and passwords.” Here’s why:

Firefox is removing terminology from the browser that has been identified as derogatory or exclusionary. … ‘Master-slave’ is a metaphor that perpetuates racism. … Deprecating the term Master Password is also in accordance with the “Derogatory Language” section of the Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines.

The proscriptions listed on the Derogatory Language page go on at length. Even emojis can qualify as forbidden vocabulary:

Physical contact or simulated physical contact (such as emojis like “kiss”) without affirmative consent is not acceptable.

There is a hotline to report violations of the speech code.

In the war on language, the liberal media establishment is allied with Big Tech. CNN has determined that the term “master bedroom” is racist.

Derogatory language can always be found, so long as you look hard enough. The thought police will keep finding it until there is only one word left in the Newspeak Dictionary. Then it will be discovered that even the word “obey” is racist, and we won’t be allowed to use language at all. Only nonlinguistic whimpers of compliance will be permitted.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Oct 14 2020

“Sexual Preference” Struck From Newspeak Dictionary

An urgent update to the Newspeak Dictionary has emerged from the sideshow Democrats have made of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation.

The term “sexual preference” was once the height of political correctness, implying that it is not normal and right to be attracted to the opposite sex, but merely a preference, like choosing between flavors of ice cream. However, progressives have realized that having a preference entails free will, which they fundamentally oppose.

Therefore, the word “preference” must not be used in the context of sexuality. Mazie Hirono has spoken. Since the laws of political correctness are applied retroactively, Amy Coney Barrett has been duly chastised for a vocabulary infraction.

Via Fox News:

“Let me make clear, ‘sexual preference’ is an offensive and outdated term,” Hirono said. “It is used by the anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not. Sexual orientation is a key part of a person’s identity… So if it is your view that sexual orientation is merely a ‘preference,’ as you noted, then the LGBTQ community should be rightly concerned whether you will uphold their constitutional right to marry.”

This is why Democrats plan to pack the Supreme Court. If you can say with a straight face that there is a constitutional right for members of the same sex to “marry” each other, stuffing the court with leftist apparatchiks could just as easily allow Hirono et al to honk about the constitutional right to free college indoctrination and to never have to hear opinions that offend liberal sensibilities.

Barrett offered an apology for using the term, explaining that she didn’t mean to use the term in the way Hirono had described it, but that didn’t stop Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., from bringing it up.

“When you did use the term ‘sexual preference’ earlier today, rather than ‘sexual orientation,’ is there a difference, and what is it?” Booker asked.

Explain yourself to the Inquisition!

Those who do not want to be canceled are now required to pretend that sexual deviancy is an immutable characteristic. After the court has been packed by Democrats, this principle will be applied to pedophiles.

Ever eager to enforce far left vocabulary decrees, Merriam-Webster leapt into action, changing the definition of “preference” to conform to up-to-the-moment moonbat doctrine.

The Blaze reports:

Prior to the supposed outrage, Webster’s Dictionary listed the fifth definition under “preference” to link to the term “sexual preference,” the universally used phrase to refer to those with whom a person chooses to have sex.

Now, the definition has been updated to claim the word is “offensive.” In fact, Webster’s Dictionary claims the phrase is “widely” believed to be considered offensive, despite the fact that it was not listed as offensive until after Barrett used it.

“The term preference as used to refer to sexual orientation is widely considered offensive in its implied suggestion that a person can choose who they are sexually or romantically attracted to,” Webster’s Dictionary claims.

Merriam-Webster deserves a pat on the head from Big Brother, just as it did when it changed the definition of racism on demand from a black woman so as to bring it in line with the toxic concept of “systemic racism” that has been used to justify riots and to attack the foundations of American society.

On tips from Varla and Henry B.

Oct 01 2020

Associated Press: Do Not Call Riots “Riots”

In our time, widespread rioting to advance political objectives is a tactic used exclusively by leftists. Decent people hate rioters. Therefore, the word riot must be struck from the Newspeak Dictionary per the Associated Press.

The Blaze reports:

The Associated Press Stylebook tweeted an admonishment to stop using the word “riot” to describe political protests and instead use the milder “unrest” to avoid stigmatizing protesters. …

“Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s,” the AP Stylebook explained.

Moonbats all read from the same set of talking points. As we were recently gaslit by Harvard lecturer Joan Donovan, Black Lives Matter and Antifa brownshirts burning down your neighborhood are the equivalent of Martin Luther King rallies. The countless crimes committed don’t matter, because the end justifies the means.

The end is racial justice. In the case of Black Lives Matter, this means a Marxist society controlled by a black ruling class. In the case of Antifa, it just means hurting people and breaking things.

AP may have a point here:

“Revolt and uprising both suggest a broader political dimension or civil upheavals, a sustained period of protests or unrest against powerful groups or governing systems.”

Since the objective entails destroying the American system and way of life, maybe the word “riot” understates how malevolent the riots really are. Acknowledging that the riots constitute a revolt — i.e., an attempted revolution — opens the door to appropriately punishing the funders and organizers of the riots for sedition or even treason. Aiders and abettors like Kamala Harris might also face consequences.

But where do you stop? If you are going to press sedition charges against everyone who has aided and abetted the devastating riots, that could mean imprisoning the entire liberal establishment — including the propagandists running Associated Press.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Sep 06 2020

USC Prof Suspended for Saying Chinese Word That Sounds Like N-Word

The thought police have a voracious appetite for transgressors, whom they must extract extraordinary satisfaction from punishing. Because racial slurs are rarely used in this country except when permitted (i.e., when used by blacks or when directed against whites), PC inquisitors invent new ones, designating previously neutral words like “Negro” and “Chinaman” as forbidden. Still there are not enough language infractions, so authorities seize upon innocuous words that vaguely sound like slurs. A DC bureaucrat was forced out of his job for saying “niggardly.” More recently, an accomplished professor at the University of Southern California has been suspended:

Greg Patton, a professor at the university’s Marshall School of Business, was giving a lecture about the use of “filler words” in speech during a recent online class when he used the word in question, saying, “If you have a lot of ‘ums and errs,’ this is culturally specific, so based on your native language. Like in China, the common word is ‘that, that, that.’ So in China it might be ‘nèi ge, nèi ge, nèi ge.’”

USC educrats say Patton is taking “a short term pause while we are reviewing to better understand the situation and to take any appropriate next steps.” That is, he must sit in the doghouse until this blows over. Or maybe it won’t blow over, social justice warriors will call for his head, and he will be canceled like Mike Adams.

As survivors of the Chinese Cultural Revolution could tell you, teaching is a dangerous job in totalitarian countries during ideological purges. Even those without a noncompliant thought in their heads might find themselves in big trouble.

On a tip from MrRightWingDave.

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