Damien on… A Small Matter
Being himself over six feet tall, this is an academic point for this writer – but elsewhere in these columns, he has ruminated on the excesses and just plain STUPIDS created by Political Correctness.
And a new one has impinged upon his consciousness: it appears the PC term for persons of reduced stature is dwarves (some incorrectly say dwarfs) – NOT midgets.
The reasoning behind this is that midget merely means SMALL – as in midget car – and derives from midge: a small biting insect, similar to a mosquito.
Whereas the word dwarf describes the MEDICAL CONDITION that is responsible for producing the phenomenon of said persons.
Okay, fair enough.
But what pisses off THIS journalist is that no allowance is made for normal human verbal interaction. The thing is, WORDS alone cannot wound – that only happens when the person USING them INTENDS so to do.
Inflection, body-language, VOLUME and context are the important factors – not the words.
One cannot go around taking offence at everyone who uses language “insensitively” – one needs to RESERVE one’s ire for those who MEAN to attack one.
Casual misspeaking is not the enemy – vile, primitive, bigotry IS.
People can easily convey irrational HATRED without using ANY “inappropriate” words.
And ridding the World of THAT emotion will take a LOT more than just tidying up the language…