Date: Wed, 17 Jan 1996 10:18:02 -0500 From: Ronald Butters Subject: Re: Denny's question reformulated The term FAMILY RESTAURANT (and all compounds of the form FAMILY [noun]) strike me as rather too "right-wing-politically-correct" in that the term FAMILY has been appropriated by ultra-right-wing propagandists who use it bash gays and lesbians and artists with whom they disagree. I realize that FAMILY is used as a kind of synonym for SIMPLE or UNSOPHISTICATED and also sometime to convey the notion that children are welcome, but I tend to avoid establishments that advertise themselves as FAMILY X because I feel excluded unless I go in with my grandchildren. The chief characteristic of fast-food restaurants is that they purvey fast food. So that is what I call them: FAST-FOOD RESTAURANTS. If I want to include DENNYS and SHONIES the like, I say CHAIN restaurants.