Friday, February 3, 2012

Outlawing Colorful Terms


I was appalled when I read the UK’s The Sun today FEB 01 that has Brighton & Hove bus bosses warning that drivers face the sack if they call passengers “love”, “babe” or “darling”. If you have been to the UK, you will have come across British folks addressing you (and others) with a diverse set of terms, depending on which part of the country you find yourself in. In Scotland, I remember, “hen”, “doll” and “love” are pretty much in use.

You can't expect the locals to know your name, so substituting something nice instead makes perfect sense. After all, they’re just trying to be friendly.

This desire to be politically correct has gone too far! Why must we find sexual overtones in these words? Using them does not make us any more sexist. And not using them does not make us any less sexist either! Words are just words!

This ban seems really out of order. It is detrimental to the British way of life because these terms add color to the local environment. I really don’t see anything wrong with that.

Yesterday, Mahathir Mohamad said he was confident Prime Minister Najib Razak would probably secure a simple majority in Parliament without winning back the two-thirds control lost in 2008 if elections were held today. But, he also said, BN would struggle to win back states held by Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

Of course, the only klutz who will dare dismiss Mahathir’s opinion would be MCA’s Chua Soi Lek – he has no choice! To agree would mean that he acknowledges that MCA would be totally wiped out in GE13! Now, isn’t that a mouth-watering prospect?

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