Piping Today Mag – Grey’s Notes: “PC – Gone Mad!”

July 23, 2015 on 4:31 pm by Michael Grey | In From Piping Today Mag, Humour, Whinges | Comments Off on Piping Today Mag – Grey’s Notes: “PC – Gone Mad!”

A SHORT note to people who don’t have a lot of height: taller adults snag jobs of higher status and, on average, earn more than other people. Yes. It’s true. Are you offended — you with the 26 inch inside leg? Well, don’t be. This (not entirely helpful) fact comes to the world thanks to the Massachusetts-based National Bureau of Economic Research. If you’re not a horizontally elevated sort of person, em, meaning “tall”, then work a little harder to get in with the boss. Suck it up, shorty.

There’s nothing like political incorrectness to get mind and body roiling, guilty as charged in these last few words — especially if you’re a person who is sensitive to a perceived offence. I get “politically correct”, I think. PC, as we generally say now. Maybe like OMG, we have given an acronym to a phrase that is so commonly used that we’ve found it’s just a lot easier to use a short-form. For most of us, PC is part of the world we live in. PC, that notion of carefulness in how words are used or how a person behaves, tip-toeing around commonspeak and doing what we can so as to not offend a particular group of people — or person. PC Gone Mad

To a real extent, I think, PC is a marker of an advanced society, or, maybe as importantly, a society that aspires to advance. Where’s the good that comes from offending people? Still, what has always bothered me about the idea of PC is when facts get in the way of clearly stating a truth, or norm — you know, “Happy Holidays” for “Happy Christmas”, chalkboard for blackboard and all the other examples that, sadly, quickly come to mind. Those especially prone to PC so often do not take into account the ability of most people to not easily fall to knicker knots at the drop of a noun or verb.

PC can see the stark truth of a statement adjusted and “repositioned” to the point of muddy laughable irony. Like the story of the UK recruiter, stunned when her job advert for reliable and hard-working applicants was rejected by the job centre. As it turned out, an advert worded in such a way was seen to be potentially offensive to unreliable and lazy people. Really.

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