There is an annual contest at Texas A&M University calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term. This year’s term was “Political Correctness.”
The winner wrote: “Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”
This same doctrine also alleges that the use of the word “turd” MAY be offensive to some undefined minority, probably the same minority that, in the later 19th century, insisted on calling piano legs “limbs” and advocated using plaster to cover the not-to-be-observed portions of classical sculpture.
Perhaps, in order to avoid the remote possibility of being offensive to any potential offendee, we should substitute “firmly cohesive excremental matter” for turd.
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