Getting The Words Right At Michigan

Updated on December 25, 2020 in General Stuff
7 on December 24, 2020

I’m fascinated by how the people who promulgate this stuff don’t seem to have any awareness of (or concern for, I suppose) how abjectly Orwellian they sound.

Given the importance of communication and the ITS core value of inclusivity, the Words Matter Task Force was formed and charged with identifying terms used within ITS that are, or can be construed to be, racist, sexist, or non-inclusive.

I’m particularly baffled at how the word “picnic” has any connotation that can be thought of as “non-inclusive”.

The full document is available here on Google drive.

Just because I’m a little paranoid, I also downloaded the document in PDF format and stored it here, in case it gets memory-holed.

 

 
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Yes, I saw that.  I am guessing that “picnic” sounds too much like pickaninny, which ironically is a term used by Caribbeans to refer to their own kids!  Similarly, the gorgeous “Drume Negrita” has been changed to “Cuban Lullaby.” Gag me.

I am slightly sympathetic to the censure of the term “to gyp,” which millennials don’t even use but I have used a million times myself. Pretty clearly refers to gypsy fraud, but if I were in the presence of my current guitar idol, Angelo DeBarre, a bona fide gypsy who grew up in a gypsy camp like Django R. and the miraculous child prodigy Jimmy Rosenberg, and his cousin Stochelo, I would eschew the term for fear of giving offense.

It is my serious ambition to meet Angelo DeBarre in France in 2021 and have him guide me in the purchase of my next guitar, ideally one like this.  If I get to play with him a bit, you”ll never hear about it from me, because I will drop dead in a fit of sweet agony.  I never tire of listening to this.   (Birelli Legrène, also gypsy and who is arguably even greater, plays right after this clip)

 

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Makes one wonder what’s in the water that seems to make so many nut cases come from Michigan these days.

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Brown bag is clearly paperist.

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I see that “dummy” seems to be unacceptable in the technical use of the word. Makes me wonder if dummy is still preferred when referring to a complete f’ing idiot.

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P, you remind me of a friend who insists that “hey asshole” is his preferred gender-neutral pronoun. 😀

 

I need to dig up a pic, and see if I can attach it… hold on, let me try this…

on December 25, 2020

Have I mentioned that I’m from Michigan? Just like Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, Eminem, and the MC5. Where the weak are killed and eaten. Kick out the jams, motherf’kers!

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