Showing posts with label language. Show all posts
Showing posts with label language. Show all posts

Individualism & Capitalism vs. Marxian Gender & Race Conflict: Trigger Words And College Safe Spaces

by Richard Ebeling.   The media has been full of stories recently about the new sensitivity on college and university campuses concerning the avoidance in courses or assignments of the use of “trigger words” or phrases that may have a “hurtful” affect on students when thoughtlessly used in the teaching environment. Student and other groups    ... MORE

Walter E Williams: Sloppy Language And Thinking

Words mean things.      George Orwell said, "But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, "As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate." And John Milton predicted, "When language in common use in any country  ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Toxic Words

The assumption of lies.  During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is "entitlement." To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from "affordable housing" to "a living     ... MORE

Political Correctness Nightmare: An NAACP Leader Uses F-Word To Apologize For Using T-Word After N-Word Meet

by Olaf Ekberg.      The NAACP’s mission of political correctness and equality careened off the rails this week when a local president complimented a TV reporters breasts during an interview. Don Harris, the president of the Maricopa County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, had just finished an event  ... MORE

Paul Detrick: Do Rappers Have 1st Amendment Protection?

After all, popular speech needs no protection.     The movie Straight Outta Compton, which opens this weekend, dramatizes the emergence of southern California hip-hop rap group N.W.A. In 1988, the group's album of the same name popularized gangsta rap music with lyrics detailing the realities of life in gang-ridden South Central L.A.   ... MORE

Scalia's Impossible Possiblity: High Court Resigns Duties, Tortures English Language In Order To Save ObamaCare

by Robby Soave.     The High Court plays politics. In his 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, George Orwell observed that “the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” Today is Orwell’s birthday; it’s also the day the Supreme Court released its 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell, which preserves  ... MORE

Barry Farber: Unify America - Speak English

Language is the glue that holds a country together. What was so strange about that delicatessen? Eventually it dawned on me. The place was busy, bustling; lots of customers asking questions; lots of waiters answering them. What was strange, it turns out, was that even though I was in that deli a good while, I hadn’t heard one single word of   ... MORE

Words Matter In ‘ISIS’ War, So Use ‘Daesh’

by Zeba Khan. The militants who are killing civilians, raping and forcing captured women into sexual slavery, and beheading foreigners in Iraq and Syria are known by several names: the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS; the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL; and, more recently, the Islamic State, or IS. French officials recently declared that   ... MORE

Joanne Moudy: Politically Correct Or Prostitution?

Can we be honest?    Personally, I’ve never been one to mince words, which has occasionally gotten me into a bit of boiling water. But since I’d rather deal with a few uncomfortable moments now than burn forever in the fires of hell, I’ve stubbornly clung to clarity and honesty over doublespeak and lies. Considering the never ending, illogical   ... MORE

Nicole Hensley: FBI Keeps Dictionary Of Internet Slang

To better track your children.      You’re going to FP (face palm) when you see the FBI’s internal style guide for Internet slang. It’s more than 80 pages of definitions and acronyms — or “Twitter shorthand” — for obvious terms such as LOL and WTF. The document was acquired by the news site MuckRock in its crusade for Freedom of Information   ... MORE

Harry Binswanger: A Dictionary Of ObamaSpeak

Reading between the syllables.      Statism, the concentration of power in the government at the expense of individual liberty, cannot be sold to the American people. The statists in this country have always cloaked their agenda, marching us blindfolded toward the elimination of our freedom and our rights. Statists do not dare announce:     ... MORE

Barry Farber: Tales Of Top Interpreters

Pretend it had all worked backwards.      Pretend the president is routinely reading his routine briefing papers and everything looks routine – until he gets to one of the more minor details in his upcoming visit to the Nelson Mandela memorial earlier in December in South Africa. And there he reads: “The sign-language interpreter the South      ...  MORE

How Political Correctness Is Destroying America

Michael Snyder provides 19 shocking examples.       If you say the “wrong thing” in America today, you could be penalized, fired or even taken to court.  Political correctness is running rampant, and it is absolutely destroying this nation.  In his novel 1984, George Orwell imagined a future world where speech was greatly restricted.      ... MORE

Gene Healy: For Obama, Words Conceal The Indefensible

Using language as a cover for the abuse of power.        Let President Obama be clear, will you? He seems to think it's important. "The 'let me be clear' preface" is a recurring rhetorical tic for Obama, the Washington Post pointed out in 2010, and it's "become a signal that what follows will be anything but." On Aug. 9, with his approval    ... MORE

When Cops Don't Need A Warrant To Bust In Your Door

By J.D. Tucille.      The Fourth Amendment protects us from random invasions of our homes by police, right? We know we're secure in our "persons, houses, papers, and effects" unless the cops demonstrate probable cause to a judge and get a warrant. Except... Except when they don't. The fact of the matter is that police have a lot of leeway  ... MORE